I have a number of email accounts. Some for work, some for play, some for junk and some for testing. Of all of these accounts, I only pay for two. One from my ISP and one from 1 & 1, which is where this blog is hosted, along with another site I maintain. This morning I got an interesting email, supposedly from 1&1 (it isn't) and I though I would highlight this to those of you are less savvy about tech. This is a hoax - do not get burned.
The email reads:
THIS MESSAGE IS FROM OUR TECHNICAL SUPPORT TEAM This message is sent automatically by the computer. If you are receiving this message it means that your email address has been queued for deactivation; this was as a result of a continuous error script (code:505)receiving from this email address. Click here and fill out the required field to resolve this problem
Note: Failure to reset your email by ignoring this message or inputting wrong information will result to instant deactivation of this email address
I have removed the link. The one I got is supposedly from the tk TLD, and Wikipedia says, based on research from McAfee, that the .tk domains were twice as likely as the global average to be used for "unwanted behaviors."
So, like most email, if you are not expecting it, do not click on it. If you think it is legitimate, then contact the provider directly, using another method. In most cases however, despite the dire warning, you can hit delete without concern. Which is what I am going to do, now that I have documented it for you.
Technical Note: The 505 error means the Web server (running the Web site) does not support, or refuses to support, the HTTP protocol version specified by the client (e.g. your Web browser or our CheckUpDown robot) in the HTTP request data stream sent to the server.