I am an Earthlink customer as well and get these all the time.
Oh wait, this is a game on how many errors there are right?
How about how many flags that make this bogus?
Starting from the top:
-There should be a space between Earthlink and Passwords (common trick to prevent a filter from catching it)
-Passwords should not be capitalized
-Information should not be capitalized
-It should have your E-mail addy in the to field
-Suspended should not be capt.
-Darling should not start the letter
-services should not appear
-no dash between email and address (common trick again)
-the statement saying not to reply to this
-just mentioning about stolen identities is at least a caution flag
-prologation means they want you to do something before you research it
-they want you to identify yourself online, even though they just cautioned about stolen identities
-"do something fast, before we terminate your service" is one of the biggest flags
-I will even be willing to bet that your particular link will go to a ligit 'looking' site.
-also notice that every instance of Earthlink, does NOT have a space after it. It is the same common trick
The one clue that flagged me immediately after the first one I got, was that it actually asked for me to verify my credit card information and had an attachment. Good luck on tring to get anything out of that one. When I initially signed up, I used a pre-paid credit card, that I canceled shortly after.
But, I suppose, the bait doesn't need to be that good to get results--
As sad as it sounds, you are 100% correct. In the reasearch that I have done, nearly 80% fell for this exact same E-mail. Over a month has past, and they are still cleaning up their system.
You do bring up an excellent point though. To ANYONE who receives something from their ISP, DO NOT
reply or click one of the links. Call your ISP directly and ask them if they need the information.
We are all curious like a cat. We wonder, we ask, we learn.
Please post back when a suggestion works, so that others may learn.