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Gmail account closure scam.

Discussion in 'News and Rumors' started by bilzmale, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    This is a security bulletin from the MCT-SafeComputing-List.
    A copy of the text of this email for verification - which may include
    further updates is at:
    Latest Bulletins

    Bulletin ID (also shown on web version): DCLR-8HMK8Z

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    B U L L E T I N
    Sophos reports a 'phishing' scam which purports to suggest your Gmail
    account will be closed down unless you visit a web page to confirm your
    details. The web page is setup to act as a genuine Google form (and indeed
    it is hosted on a Google Docs site), but it is fake. There is an example of
    the scam email in the Sophos link below.

    Needless to say this is not true - just another attempt by malicious
    hackers to get hold of your email and Google account details.
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    W E B L I N K S
    Sophos:
    Phishers exploit Google Docs with Gmail de-activation alert | Naked Security

    IT Pro Portal:
    Google Docs Used As Phishing Tool For Fake Gmail De-activation Alert | ITProPortal.com
     
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  2. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Thanks Bill, these scanners get more convincing every day.
     
  3. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    You know, I got something that seemed weird today from Paypal...it looked real but I've never heard of them telling me that my browser may need to be updated.:confused: I suppose I should report it or check it out further.

    Thanks for this Bill - you're very good to stay on top of this stuff.
     
  4. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    They are getting more sophisticated. If ever in doubt just go to the web site for that company yourself, instead of clicking a link, and dig around for a similar message.
     
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  5. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
    olli
    Or copy and paste the offending / suspicious text and do a search on google/bing etc. You'll usually find links to half a dozen other sites, including the security sites, indicating that it is dodgy.
     
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