Gmail account users BEWARE!!!

Philippines
July 30, 2009 12:48pm CST
Everyone who has a Gmail account: DO NOT follow instructions on the email below from verifycustomercare400[at]gmail.com if you also got the same "official-looking" email. It is designed to extract from you your Google password which they will use to hack your account. This is what they have been doing with Yahoo accounts that were suddenly sending "Help I'm stranded in this or that country and I need you to wire me money via Western Union" kind of thing. Don't be fooled! Google will never ask you to give them your password using an ordinary Gmail account. I reported the email to Google and they replied "Thank you for your report of abuse using a Google Account. We have reviewed the account reported and taken appropriate action per our Terms of Service (TOS)." I decided to post this here because I just read a discussion where someone said he can no longer open his Gmail account. == xxxxxxxx, you are invited to DEAR GOOGLE ACCOUNT USER Sun Jul 19 7:30pm – 8:30pm (Timezone: Hawaii Time) Calendar: xxxxxxxxx Owner/Creator: verifycustomercare400@gmail.com 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 verifycustomercare400@gmail.com and customer.alternate@googlemail.com More event details» Will you attend? Yes |Maybe |No
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17 responses
@kaz_man (293)
• Australia
30 Jul 09
Phishing/Spam email, more common nowadays. I'm getting thousands of emails its really starting to annoy me. Most of them bypass the gmail filter and goes straight into my inbox so annoying. But I should say thanks for giving out the warning, helps new people to watch out for those spam emails.
• Philippines
30 Jul 09
Yeah, it's alarming that such emails are entering inboxes and not the spam folders. My sister in law's Paypal was hacked because she didn't know she replied to a phishing email. I so hate those criminals making and sending those kinds of mails :(
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• India
31 Jul 09
Thanks for the information writermom8. I have just now started using Gmail, because my Yahoo mail box was getting full everyday,with spams. Will be quite careful.
• India
31 Jul 09
Hey thanks a lot buddy, I use gmail normally, visit gmail and check my mail alomost 5 times a day. And if I'd have got that mail, I'd have really believed it and replied to it. Thanks a lot once again friend, take care...
@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
31 Jul 09
Hi, Thanks for the warning, they just keep trying to mess things up for all of us. Great discussion.
• India
31 Jul 09
Thanx for this eyeopener for all gmail users.Thank u very much
@rebelmel (1387)
• United States
31 Jul 09
I get these sort of messages all the time. It really throws me off when I get one that says "payment pending" or something like that, because I use so many websites to earn extra money, that I am always waiting on another payment. Then I open the message to see that someone is "trying to pay me ten million dollars" or something ridiculous like that. Obviously, at that point I know it is a scam. Did you know that SOME of these aren't people trying to steal your identity? Some of these people actually WILL wire you this crazy amount of money, and ask you to transfer half of it back to them, or whatever? But, this is highly illegal. Something like money laundering. If you are caught doing this it's years of imprisonment, even though most of the people who actually try to do this REALLY don't know any better. Thanks for the warning, though. Happy mylotting!
• Malaysia
31 Jul 09
It is scary to know that some people fall for such scam. And they do. I have seen my colleagues who are so naive about what could possible or not possible in the net. I have seen too my friends who left their email NOT logged out. Pity. Such carelessness.
@lhendrie (30)
• Indonesia
31 Jul 09
Wow, they really asking password to be replied by email to them. This is a joke. Thanks for the warning though, really appreciate it.
@tundeemma (896)
• South Africa
31 Jul 09
sometimes i do see some warnings on my gmail account that i need to log out because someone else is logging in from another remote computer and i wonder why gmail has become so porous that just anyone can get access into their system, maybe i will need to change my password
@radx682 (327)
• India
31 Jul 09
Thanks for the info...this is new to me...I will be careful here on..Thanks a lot
@_sketch_ (5709)
• United States
31 Jul 09
This kind of thing is getting more and more popular all the time and stupid spam filters never seem to work. I am always getting emails saying I won lotteries and such, but I always just delete them. I haven't gotten the email you're talking about, but if I do I will just delete it. Thanks for sharing this information and helping people to be safer.
@eichs1 (1934)
• Philippines
31 Jul 09
Thanks for alarming us @writermom. It's really helpful to share information like this. Though some of us are aware that such kind or mails are hoax, there are still those who are easily fooled specially if the mails looks legitimate. And these fraudsters are hard-working inventing new means to fool people every now and then. Many of them are so cunning that their works seem original and true.
@Kool121 (292)
• India
31 Jul 09
Hi writermom8, thank you very much for this detailed advise about protecting our Gmail account. I always get phishing emails to my gmail account. Thanks.
@308369666 (111)
• China
31 Jul 09
Kinds of things you believe, fishing sites, be careful, I have been every day ,do not easily believe that such a thing!
• United States
31 Jul 09
I received this exact email a few hours ago. I decided to report it as soon as I got to the part asking for my password.
@kumarpslv (3216)
• India
30 Jul 09
We will never consider a mail asking for our address, or personal details and passwords. Our passwords are only for us and no service providers will be in the need of our password for any reasons.Also they are not supposed to know the passwords of the members.That's why now most of the sites are storing our passwords in an encrypted form. Never even read such mail ans just delete them..Thank for keeping the the members informed about such mail..But it seems we can never avoid such mails. Soon after the registration of a single online site, we used to receive such mails.
@KupoSin (680)
• United States
30 Jul 09
well you shouldnt open email from people you dont really know. you definitely shouldnt respond to emails that you dont know with personal information. i receive spam on a daily bases that request personal bank information for receiving something i didnt even win. just always be aware that people are out there to scam you. if its too good to be true, its probably not true.