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Adsense phishing?

I received this email just now but couldn't determine if it is really from Google.
Didn't want to flag it as phishing until I was certain.

dateWed, Sep 23, 2009 at 2:58 PM
subjectRequired corrections to your Google AdSense code

hide details 2:58 PM (26 minutes ago)


As you may know, last year the domain that serves AdSense ads was changed from pagead2.googlesyndication.com to googleads.g.doubleclick.net following the launch of the DoubleClick ad serving cookie (http://adsense.blogspot.com/2009/04/clarification-on-ad-serving.html ). However, it appears that some of your ads are not being served from the new DoubleClick domain, most likely because you're requesting Google ads using an old or modified version of the Javascript code from our ad code snippet (as found in show_ads.js). We're unable to guarantee that ads requested in this manner will continue to earn revenue in the future, so we'd like to provide you with instructions to correct your implementation.

Please ensure that your web pages request Google ads using only the HTML snippets generated in your AdSense account, unless you've received specific written permission from the Google AdSense Team. Ultimately, the code that's used to request the ad must be loaded from our servers to ensure that it is up to date; it may not be stored on your own server. For help in generating the ad code snippet, you may wish to review our Code Implementation Guide at https://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?answer=44511 .

We recommend making the necessary changes as soon as possible to ensure that you'll continue to be credited for valid activity on your ads. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.


The Google AdSense Team

Email preferences: You have received this mandatory email service announcement to update you about important changes to your AdSense product or account.

Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043

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All Replies (8)
I am not sure.
But this looks like email from Adsence Team.
Because they are not asking you any account details or password.
If I got an e-mail like that I would get all new ad codes.
Just to be sure.
Original Poster
It's the "scoutcamp.bounces" that seems phishy.

I'll be hoping a member of Adsense personnel sees this query and responds.

Thank you all for your suggestions.
Yah - without clicking on any of the links in that email, just do as Ayla_Zed said and go and get new Adsense codes for your ads just to be safe. That should do it - cause it "kinda" looks and reads legitimately AND they're not asking you to respond with any information.
Ilan Bar-Magen
Ilan Bar-Magen
Got it too. It looks like a sophisticated phishing, they got me for a moment.
Em --
I'm sure that's phishing/fraudulent, as the email indicates that the server should be changed for your ads -- but Google has not changed the server in the Adsense codes pages.
It is only disturbing that someone from Google hasn't responded to Adsense page owners in some way.
Best regards,
Andy Czernek
I have been getting some nearly every day. They change the topic every time, but they look suspicious.   I looked for a place to report them to Google, but haven't found one.  Banks go after phishers.  I would love to see Google go after these guys. 

Don't click on the links in an email. 
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