“Thank you for advertising with Google AdWords. After reviewing your account, we’ve found that one or more of your ads or keywords does not meet our guidelines. You can see your disapproved ad(s), the reason for disapproval, and editorial suggestions, from the Disapproved Ads page within your account.“
You’ve probably seen this sort of email before, but this one isn’t from Google.
If I carefully hover the cursor over the link text, even though it says http://adwords.google.com/select/disapprovedads, I can see that isn’t where the link will take me.
I didn’t click on the email’s link, as who knows what might be installed on my system. But I’m guessing that more of these will follow.
If in doubt, don’t click on the links. Go into your account through the normal way:
1. Log in to your account at https://adwords.google.com.
2. Click ‘Tools’ on the ‘Campaign Management’ tab.
3. In the ‘Analyze Your Ad Performance’ section, click ‘Disapproved
There’s a lot of nastiness out there, and even having good firewall, anti-virus, and anti-spyware applications and even windows fully patched and updated doesn’t guarantee protection. Let’s be careful out there.