It has come to our attention that fake suspension email notices posing as ‘PDR’ are being sent to you and your customers as part of a phishing scam.
These emails are being sent to the registrant email address fetched via the WHOIS record associated with the Domain. Many Domain Registrars have been affected by this spear-phishing attack too.
We request you to kindly ignore these emails and do not download any files or take any actions based on instructions from such emails, as the attachments might contain malicious files.
Although the emails usually target domain owners who have domain names registered by Google Domains (source: BotCrawl), this scam is capable of targeting anyone.
The emails attempt to convince you to download password stealing malware files (source: Hoax-Slayer article), that can in turn open the door to other malware.
SAMPLE EMAIL :
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In a message dated 10/26/2015 11:09:57 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
The following domain names have been suspended for violation of the PDR Ltd. d/b/a
PublicDomainRegistry.com Abuse Policy:
Domain Name: DOMAIN.COM
Registrar: PDR Ltd. d/b/a PublicDomainRegistry.com
Registrant Name: Dale Hale
Multiple warnings were sent by PDR Ltd. d/b/a PublicDomainRegistry.com Spam and Abuse Department to
give you an opportunity to address the complaints we have received.
We did not receive a reply from you to these email warnings so we then attempted to contact you via
We had no choice but to suspend your domain name when you did not respond to our attempts to contact you.
Click here and download (hXXp://lanacion.com.ec/abuse_report.php?DOMAIN.COM) a copy of complaints we
Please contact us by email at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information
regarding this notification.
PDR Ltd. d/b/a PublicDomainRegistry.com
Spam and Abuse Department
Abuse Department Hotline: 480-124-0101
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