Monday, July 20, 2009

Google/Gmail Users Beware!

I just got an "official-looking" email this morning from (supposedly) Google. The address was customer verification (verifycustomercare400@gmail).

For someone who is not yet used to dealing with spam and phishing emails, he/she might fall for the trap and innocently send his/her Google password to the given addresses.

DON'T!!! Doing so would allow the hackers to get inside your email account and other Google services you signed up with like Blogger, Adsense, etc.

Pretty soon, your contacts might receive emails such as those circulating sent by hacked Yahoo accounts telling friends and family to "Please send money via Western Union because I have been robbed and stranded in so-and-so country."

Be very careful when you receive emails that ask for your passwords! Google will never ask for yours especially coming from a standard gmail address.


I would hate to see my friends or family members lured into this kind of dirty trick. See what the email looks like:


Sun Jul 19 7:30pm – 8:30pm
(Timezone: Hawaii Time)

Calendar: (my name)


This Email is from G mail Customer Care and we are sending it to every
G mail Email User Accounts Owner for safety. we are having congestion
due to the anonymous registration of G mail accounts so we are shutting
down some G mail accounts and your account was among those to be
deleted.We are sending you this email so that you can verify and
let us know if you still want to use this account.If you are still
interested please confirm your account by filling the space below.Your
User name,password,date of birth and your country information would be
needed to verify your account.
Due to the congestion in all G mail users and removal of all unused
G mail Accounts, G mail would be shutting down all unused
Accounts, You
will have to confirm your E-mail by filling out your Log in Information
below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be
suspended within 24 hours for security reasons.

* User name:

* Password:

* Date of Birth:

* Country Or Territory:

After following the instructions in the sheet, your account will not
be interrupted and will continue as normal. Thanks for your attention
to this request. We apologize for any inconveniences. Warning!!!
Account owner that refuses to update his/her account after two weeks
of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently send back your information to the two addresses for further verification to help your account not to be deleted and
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