I just received two e-mails which may be some new kind of phishing scam. Full text at bottom. The message describes the beginnings of a "site upgrade" for my web sites, but it's not from the company that does my hosting.
I received this for two sites that I have hosted with EZpublishing. I'm having terrible problems with EZpublishing; they lost most of my databases last Friday, have failed to respond to a trouble ticket, and phone calls divert to an answering service. I've filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. They may be going out of business and selling their remaining customers to another provider. So a message regarding migration to another host isn't unexpected.
But the message below looks phony. First, they know what my domains are, but they don't apparently have access to any of my customer account information. Second, "easywebpublishing.com" doesn't have a live web site at it, just a sort of "coming soon" page. The WHOIS info for the domain shows ownership by "Internet Names for Business". "megawebservers.com", from which the email originated, is sort of a skeletal web site that looks like a hosting provider, but doesn't have any real info. "megawebhosting.com" WHOIS info shows "Moniker Privacy Services", which usually indicates a bottom-feeder if not a scam.
Anyone else see anything like this?
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Subject: Easy Web Publishing, Mail / Web Hosting Migration
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2008 01:39:16 +0000 (GMT)
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Dear Valued Customer,
At Easy Web Publishing we strive to provide you with the best products
and services available. As such, on Friday August 29th, 2008 we will
be upgrading our customers to an improved web services platform at no
additional cost. This upgrade will significantly improve the current
performance, features, and technical support service provided by Easy
New Platform Benefits
Reliability and Scalability
* Advanced server environment delivering 99.9% uptime guarantee
* High levels of fault-tolerance, system redundancy and backup in place
* 24/7/365 Technical Support - Toll free number, email and online chat
* Web-based WebsiteOS Control Panel - allows for real-time changes and
updates for all your web services
provided by Easy Web Publishing
With this newly enhanced platform, Easy Web Publishing also delivers
many new applications, which maybe
included in your current package. New applications including:
* EasySiteWizard Pro - design, edit and maintain a professional
website within your favorite Internet browser
* Photo Album - edit and share photos online with customers, prospects
What is the impact to my site?
There will be no impact to your production site(s). You will notice
new features and functionality in the
administrative interface. Once the upgrade is complete, you may want
to subscribe to additional features. More
news about this will be forthcoming.
The content of your site will be frozen between Wednesday August 20th,
2008 and Friday August 29th, 2008. This
means that any changes you make during this freeze period will not be
captured on your site. So please refrain
from making any web site changes during the freeze period (i.e. do not
FTP new web data during the freeze
NOTE: The freeze period will not affect your mail or web services,
including the operation of your web site's
database (if you have one).
In the upcoming week, we will be sending additional information
outlining the upgrade and your account details.
We have developed an upgrade plan that ensures a smooth process.
Thank you for your cooperation, understanding and support for Easy Web
Easy Web Publishing
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