Phishing Scam Posing as Network Solutions

Posted by Marty Dickinson on Oct 31, 2008

If you’ve had a barrage of emails lately appearing as though they’re from Network Solutions (where you may have registered a domain name in the past), you probably have received a notice telling you your Who-Is information has been reported as being incorrect. And, that you must take “immediate” action by clicking on the provided link.

I have confirmed this with Network Solutions….it is a Phishing scam! Some nutcase is trying to harvest your email address and get you to login with your username and password so that they can steal your domain names, and potentially your identity. Just delete those emails from your system.

In case you’re not sure of whether you’ve received one of these letters, here is one that I got in my email.

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Dear Network Solutions® Customer,

On Fri, 31 Oct 2008 16:21:35 +0300 we received a third party complaint of invalid domain contact information in the Whois database for this domain Whenever we receive a complaint, we are required by ICANN regulations to initiate an investigation as to whether the contact data displaying in the Whois database is valid data or not. If we find that there is invalid or missing data, we contact both the registrant and the account holder and inform them to update the information.

Please note: ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) regulations state that the WHOIS Administrative Contact may initiate and approve domain name registration transfers from your Network Solutions account to other Registrars. If you are not listed as the WHOIS Administrative Contact a transfer can occur without your knowledge if Domain Protect is not enabled for the domain name registrations listed above.

To change the WHOIS Administrative Contact Information for any of your domains, please login to Account Manager:

1. Log in to Account Manager at: http://www.networksolutions.com.
2. Click on the “Profile & Accounts” tab in the left navigation menu to be taken to a page listing your account details.
3. Click on “Accounts” and select the account you wish to edit.
4. Click “View/Edit WHOIS Contacts” to make your updates.

If you believe someone requested this change without your consent, please contact Customer Service.

If you would like to order additional services or to update your account, please visit us online.

Thank you for choosing Network Solutions. We are committed to providing you with the solutions, services, and support to help you succeed online.

Network Solutions® Customer Support

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So, to sum it all up, when you click on the link (that appears harmless enough), it triggers some code that will report your email address, network solutions username and password and send to the idiot that so smartly created this program. Please save yourself from the aggravation and ignore and delete all of these notes that come into your email!

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