09-25-2010 8:20 PM
I have received an email from [email@example.com] with a subject line of:
Please update your email address
This email contains an embedded link that leads to a page through [myaccount.bellsouth.com] which requests that I update my ATT promotional preferences.
I am a long time user of an sbcglobal.net address in Texas. Since I am not located in the bellsouth region, I don't understand why I am receiving email directing me to use a myaccount.bellsouth.com page to update any preferences.
I have forwarded the email to firstname.lastname@example.org but understand that I probably won't get any feedback from them.
Is there a way to confirm whether or not this was a legitimate email? If so, why does ATT use a bellsouth.com page for accounts that aren't related to bellsouth?
09-27-2010 2:57 PM
09-28-2010 2:12 PM
While I am glad to say that I did get a response from having submitted the email to email@example.com, I am disappointed that AT&T is sending what they say are legitimate notices to users that lead them to an unexpected page through [myaccounts.bellsouth.com].
Those of us who are not in the Bellsouth service area do not expect to click on a link in the email and be whisked away to a Bellsouth.com site when receiving email from AT&T.
In addition, it is not clear in this message why AT&T has "missed" me. Missed me from what? Why do they need me to "update" my email address or my preferences? They obviously have it and are reaching me through it.
This email still baffles me and it makes no sense to me at all. There are preferences options through my normal AT&T account access that I can get to without being led to an odd myaccount.bellsouth.com page. At least now, I can feel free to actually try the unsubscribe link in the email.
There is so much that phishing/malware authors can do to cloak their efforts, the fact that AT&T allows this type of communication to lead users to an unexpected web-site is something that I feel that they need to reconsider.
This is the response that I received:
The message you provided for our inspection is an authentic notification from
AT&T. Please take the time to read the email notification carefully and
entirely. If you have any questions about the notice, please contact AT&T
based on the information provided in the notice.
Finally, please note that any authentic e-mail notification from AT&T will
NEVER request your social security number , your password, or that you open any
AT&T Internet Service
Chief Security Office
Special Investigations and Legal Compliance
As far as the email I received that the Special Investigations unit says is legitimate, they need to be aware that users who receive these notices are puzzled and AT&T needs to be more consistent with the pages that they direct users to.
That said, I encourage other users to continue sending these types of suspicious emails to [firstname.lastname@example.org]. (Don't assume that you received the same email I did.)
01-14-2011 12:36 PM
I also received this very suspicious email and agree with everything you have said about it. I reported it to AT&T and received a reply stating that it was legitimate. Well I say shame on AT&T for sending this kind of email. Most people are already so sensitized to email scams that they will suspect an email like this that looks so fishy and will send you off to some unknown place when you click on the link. Whoever came up with this should have their head examined. No intelligent person is going to respond to something as manipulative as a picture of little girls and the message "We Missed You". Also, why would they need me to update my email address if they successfully sent me an email???? C'mon AT&T, stop treating us like we're ignorant. I think I'm going to go VOIP ASAP.
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