Waking up this morning to this mail:
Dear Valued Bluehost Customer …
Your account contains more than 5728 directories and may pose a potential performance risk to the server.
Please reduce the number of directories for your account to prevent possible account deactivation.
In order to prevent your account from being locked out we recommend that you create special tmp directory.
Or use the link below: ….
And I feel a rush of panic and instant wake up from a relaxed Good Morning state.
Luckily I saw this on my mobile where I don’t have saved login and password. Such a sneaky mail and yes I clicked on the given link.
As this was serious matter I got out of bed and sat on my computer and wrote a reply asking for more details on this Bluehost error 7308.
Then I searched.
To my HUGE relief there was another case of this error described online as being an attempt to get your login and password.
And I must say a very successful one! It immediately puts you in a panic mode where you may rush things up and make a mistake. And the given link is something you would click almost instinctively.
Lucky for me I saw this first on my mobile. Otherwise I would have fallen for this sneaky phishing of login details.
I also found it strange for the mail to state such an error. I have all my sites installed properly and the only directories sitting on my account are the default wordpress directories. So that was my first suspicious thought.
But that was after I reacted fast and clicked the link. Which was the wrong course of actions.
So what you need to do if you get strange mail like this:
- Always check the sender’s mail address and compare to previous mails from the same company. If they don’t match then you’ll know what time it is.
- NEVER click on given links in a strange mail. That could have been so messy for me!
I must say very clever written mail and I guess it has a high rate of successful clicks on that link.
The mail got deleted but that sure was a very rude awakening this morning!
On live chat with Bluehost about another issue they have this posted:
A phishing email is being sent to some of our customers warning them of too many directories in their account. This email was not sent from Bluehost. Do not click any links in the email and delete it. If you did click any of the links in the email, please secure your account immediately by updating all your account related passwords.
Hope this post has been helpful to you!