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Google Pay Per Click Spoofing Emails Are On The Rise

DBS & Google have become aware of 'spoofing' emails sent to some AdWords advertisers recently. 'Spoofing' refers to the act of fraudulently altering certain properties of an email to make it appear as though it originated from a legitimate source. The email can then lead to a deceptive website which collects sensitive personal information. In this case, the email may have appeared to be from Google AdWords, asking for your account login information. Please do not respond to these emails.

Here are some steps you can take to ensure the security of your account:

1.) Be wary of unsolicited messages. Google will never send unsolicited messages asking for your password or other sensitive information. If you need to change your account information, such as your billing details or your password, always sign into your AdWords account from https://adwords.google.co.uk and make the changes directly within your account.

2.) Check the message headers. The 'From': address and the 'Return-path' should reference the same source.

3.) Make sure that the URL is legitimate. The AdWords home page URL will always be https://adwords.google.co.uk.

4.) Change your Google Account password frequently. To learn how, visit https://adwords.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=24828&hl=en_GB.

5.) Report suspicious messages to adwords-charge@google.com.

6.) Keep your computer's antivirus and spyware protections up-to-date and regularly run system scans.

If you believe your Google AdWords account may have been compromised, please let DBS know so that we can initiate an investigation.

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DBS Client Scoops Best Online Award


DBS client Hudson Moody have won the Best Online Estate Agent Award at the prestigious Estate Agent & Letting Agent Awards for 2008 sponsored by the Property Search Group (PSG), Findaproperty.com and supported by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS.

Ben Hudson, of Hudson Moody Estate Agents in York received the award at a ceremony at the Grosvenor Park Hotel in London this week.

The stars of Location, Location, Location were on hand to present the award.

DBS have helped Ben to promote the website through search engine optimisation and pay per click advertising.

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