Malicious Fake Domain Suspension Email From Melbourne IT

We have recently discovered that a group of cyber criminals are sending out fake emails with the subject "Domain Suspension Notice". In all appearances, the email seems to come from Melbourne IT, Ltd, which is our domain registrar partner. Melbourne IT did NOT send out these emails. The email attempt to deceive the recipient into clicking an embedded link that goes to a website where it will try to get the visitor to download malicious software that will infect their machine with a virus or other malware.

What does the email look like?

Below is the format of the email described above.

Subject: Domain [removed] Suspension Notice

Dear Sir/Madam,
The following domain names have been suspended for violation of the Melbourne IT Ltd Abuse Policy:
Domain Name: [removed]
Registrar: Melbourne IT Ltd
Registrant Name: [removed]

Multiple warnings were sent by Melbourne IT Ltd 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 telephone.

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 a copy of complaints we have received.

Please contact us for additional information regarding this notification.

Melbourne IT Ltd
Spam and Abuse Department
Abuse Department Hotline: 480-195-3050

Please, do NOT click on the link in the email. It leads to a site that attempts to infect your machine. Once your machine is infected with a Trojan or other virus, the criminals may be able to take control of the your computer from anywhere in the world and be able to spy on you, take your personal information, or use your computer to commit more crimes.

In order to prevent your email address from being shown with your domain information, you may consider using Domain Privacy at $9.99 per domain per year.

For those who may have already received the email and clicked on the link, be sure to do a complete scan of your system with antivirus software. If you do not have any anti-virus software on your machine, we have a list of FREE antivirus software that can help you.

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