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    Verification Requested--Your LinkShare Email Address
    I just received this e-mail from linkshare network, though I don't remember making any changes in the e-mail address. Looks like this comes from the genuine LS domain, however it asks me to fill the password and username at from a linked page.
    I have another account at LS but don't remember any such e-mails from the network there.

    Dear xxx
    We have received notification that you have recently changed the email
    address in your LinkShare affiliate account. Your account must have a
    valid email address so that LinkShare can send you network alerts, and
    other important communications about your account status.

    You must verify that the new email address associated with this account
    is accurate by following these two easy steps:

    1. Click on the following link:
    http://www.linkshare.com/emailvalid?code=xxxx

    2. Login with your username and password:

    Username: xxx

    If you have forgotten your login password, please click the link below (or copy and paste it into your browser's URL line) and create a new password for your account:

    http://ssl.linksynergy.com/php-bin/c...password.shtml

    IMPORTANT NOTES
    1. If we do not receive your confirmation: your account will be deemed
    inactive, you will not receive future emails regardless of your opt-in
    status, and your account may be terminated.

    2. Please note that if you do not wish to receive promotional email from
    either LinkShare or your merchant partners, you may visit the Email
    Subscription area of your affiliate account to opt-out of receiving
    specific types of email communications from LinkShare and/or your
    merchant partners.

    We appreciate your attention to this important matter. If you have any
    questions, please email us at contact@linkshare.com or call
    1-888-SHARE89.

    Sincerely,
    The LinkShare Team


    What am I supposed to do?

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    hove the links in the email. whats the URL in the tool tip or status bar

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    Watch it - it does not smell right - go directly to linkshare - www.linkshare.com - and ask them if it is legit -

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    I wouldn't reply or even click on the link to verify receipt. It sounds like the same phishing game that's been going on with bogus PayPal emails. You might want to forward it to Linkshare so they can check for abuse or spoofing like Paypal does.

    First warning signal is no secure URL - but the PP spoofers use one that looks like it's secure, so it's no guarantee. If there's some phishing going on, then LS needs to start doing something about it.

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    it comes from contact@linkshare.com

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    It doesn't matter where it looks like it comes from, the bogus ones all look like they come from where they want people to think they came from. Email addresses are being spoofed all the time.

    Did you check the full headers?

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    X-Gmail-Received: f9dd20e334e0cfe46698a71807c2cf322fb7b8aa

    Received: by 10.54.107.13 with SMTP id f13cs96540wrc;
    Sun, 21 Aug 2005 07:58:40 -0700 (PDT)
    Received: by 10.36.120.16 with SMTP id s16mr3472582nzc;
    Sun, 21 Aug 2005 07:58:40 -0700 (PDT)
    Return-Path: <lsn@linksynergy.com>
    Received: from psmtp.com (exprod8og1.obsmtp.com [64.18.3.202])
    by mx.gmail.com with SMTP id 18si7374255nzo.2005.08.21.07.58.37;
    Sun, 21 Aug 2005 07:58:40 -0700 (PDT)
    Received-SPF: neutral (gmail.com: 64.18.3.202 is neither permitted nor denied by best guess record for domain of lsn@linksynergy.com)
    Received: from source ([216.216.237.137]) by exprod8ob1.obsmtp.com ([64.18.7.12]) with SMTP;
    Sun, 21 Aug 2005 07:58:36 PDT
    Received: from gcmail1.linksynergy.com (gcws0054.private.linksynergy.com [10.1.1.54])
    by mail.linkshare.com (8.12.10/8.11.2) with ESMTP id j7LEwXLB019291
    for <>; Sun, 21 Aug 2005 14:58:33 GMT
    Received: (from nobody@localhost)
    by gcmail1.linksynergy.com (8.12.8/8.12.8/Submit) id j7LEwYtj017917;
    Sun, 21 Aug 2005 14:58:34 GMT
    Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2005 14:58:34 GMT
    Message-Id: <200508211458.j7LEwYtj017917@gcmail1.linksynergy.com>
    X-Authentication-Warning: gcws0054.private.linksynergy.com: nobody set sender to lsn@linksynergy.com using -f
    To:
    Subject: Verification Requested--Your LinkShare Email Address
    From: "LinkShare Corporation" <contact@linkshare.com>

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    please someone check them for me

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    Don't click on the link in the email, but type it in directly yourself into the browser and see if you get a legitimate page on the LS servers.

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    I typed the link directly ( with code) and the page that opened was indeed http://alogin.linksynergy.com/php-bi...tml?code=xxxxx
    Looks like it did come from LS....eh

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    I received one just like this concerning my email address for Amazon.com. Looked very real even with Amazon's logo. It was bogus. You need to login to your account as you normally do and check your email address there rather than click on this URL in the email. Most networks have stated in the past that this is the correct way to check or edit your private information.

    Gene
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    That mail smells like a big stinky poop.

    Put it aside and contact linkshare directly at http://linkshare.com/contactus/affiliatesupport.shtml
    or call them about this suspicious email. (1 888 742 7389)

    Allen
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    You can also PM me with the complete headers of the email if you like.
    The headers look mostly legit, but this could be a clever spammer bypassing the controls we put in last time. I will tweak them further if needed, I just need more data.

    Here's my litmus test for most phishing attempts:
    When you look at the email, don't cut and paste the text of the hyperlink as that proves nothing. Right click on the link, select "Properties" (for firefox, IE might be a little different). Compare the link contents (text) to where it would actually send you. Do they match? If so, it may be legit. If they don't, it's clearly not legit. For example, if your link reads "ssl.linksynergy.com" but the properties say that it would take you to 1.2.3.4, it's fake. We do not use unregistered IPs.

    Hope this helps.

    Dan

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    ABW Ambassador thecool's Avatar
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    When dialing 1+888+742-7389 from my area, it goes to a no ring. Dead silent.
    Is that even a legit area code? It's as though it is waiting for more digits to be dialed.

    Gene
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    Quote Originally Posted by danix
    You can also PM me with the complete headers of the email if you like.
    message sent

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    Quote Originally Posted by danix
    Compare the link contents (text) to where it would actually send you. Do they match?
    Dan
    Yes

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    Quote Originally Posted by danix
    Here's my litmus test for most phishing attempts:
    An even more basic litmus test. Most legitimate emails are personalized with your name, account information, etc. Most phishing attempts are generic. They'll refer to you as a "Valued Customer" or something like that. I've received thousands of phishing attempts, and so far, I've never seen one that even used my first name. I'm sure it'll come eventually, but not yet.
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    I am investigating, but it appears legit based on the contents and headers.

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    danix, why don't you set up an email address like PayPal has. If anything suspicious comes in via email all we have to do is forward it to them - and they respond, too. I had one this week, forwarded it, and they replied that it was bogus. All it takes is a click to send back an automated reply with a yea or nay once it's checked out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danix
    I am investigating, but it appears legit based on the contents and headers.
    Thanks Danix
    But I surely never changed my e-mail address.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworker
    danix, why don't you set up an email address like PayPal has. If anything suspicious comes in via email all we have to do is forward it to them - and they respond, too. I had one this week, forwarded it, and they replied that it was bogus. All it takes is a click to send back an automated reply with a yea or nay once it's checked out.
    Or still better, maybe all the emails could be sent to an in-LS e-mail inbox just like that of Ebay's. So whenever something suspicious comes, one can simply go to that folder and check if the mail is there as well.

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    affiliate4all,
    We're looking into your account to see what triggered the email in your case. I'll follow up once I know more.
    Kelli

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    affiliate4all,
    We've researched the issue and determined that the email was triggered for appropriate reasons. I will PM you to explain further.

    Kelli

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    RESOLVED.
    Though the email was indeed triggered for what LS considers as appropriate reasons, I must say it was, at best, poorly worded and too misleading. Maybe LS would consider customising e-mails for scenarios like mine, because the fact remains that I did not make any changes in the e-mail address.

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    affiliate4all,
    Thanks for the feedback on the email copy. We have a request in to change it.
    Kelli

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