I just got an email that looks very much like a solititation from the John Kerry campaign, asking for donations. The return address is from the “johnkerrys.com” domain. The link they provide goes to some yahoo-type store (it’s got yahoo in the URL). They have this page set up so that you can fill out your credit card information, etc., to theoretically “donate” money to Kerry.
EarthLink put it in my “Suspect email” folder, so presumably they know that something’s fishy about it. It’s pretty obviously suspect if you know to look for URLs and you notice that the return email that says “johnkerrys.com.” But for those who don’t notice those things, it looks pretty genuine.
I went to johnkerrys.com and it’s just some placeholder site. Nothing much there. Don’t know if the people who sent the email are really afilliated with johnkerrys.com or not, or if they faked the return email address. (Though I suspect that they are associated with the domain.)
Anyone else get this? Is this wide-spread? Should I report it to EarthLink?