Anyone else get this scam from Gmail?

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  1. sowillo14 macrumors regular

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    Dear Account User,
    This Email is from Gmail Team and we are sending it to every Gmail User Accounts Owner for safety. we are having congestions due to the anonymous registration of yahoo accounts so we are shutting down some Gmail accounts and your account was among those to be deleted.We are sending you this email to 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 bith and your country information would be needed to verify your account.

    Due to the congestion in all Gmail users and removal of all unused Gmail Accounts, Gmail would be shutting down all unused Accounts, You will have to confirm your E-mail by filling out your Login Information below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 24 hours for security reasons.

    * Username/Email ID: ........

    * Password: .........................

    *Verify Password:....................

    *Alternate Email ID:.....................

    * 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.


    Thanks for using Gmail
    GmailTeam

    ..............................................
    http//:www.gmail.com
    .............................................
    What a bunch of crap. I'm sure Gmail would go around asking for peoples passwords.
     
  2. kwood macrumors 6502a

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    I did not get this email. And if the Gmail team were really looking to delete the account they would have your password already. What was the email address of the person or group that sent it?
     
  3. LinuXtreme macrumors regular

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    I also didn't get the email you've described. It looks very much like a phishing attempt.

    Generally, organizations will *not* ask for sensitive account information. With the information they're asking for the phisher could commandeer your account, lock you out and use it for their purposes. Don't let the threat of your account being suspended affect you either, thats just another common attempt to get you to act quickly. Again, Google would *never* send an email like this. Report the message to Google here. Just don't fill out the information the email asked you for!

    Good luck!

    Edit: Just saw at the bottom of the OP that they already know its a scam. Still, its good advice for anyone else who finds this thread to heed.
     
  4. d_and_n5000 macrumors 6502a

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    Reminds me of that much-maligned MSN email that goes to the effect of "Forward this email or your account will get deleted".

    Of course, this happens to take it a step further by actually asking for information.
     
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    The infamous Paypal phishing e-mails were all pretty much like that also...
     
  6. sowillo14 thread starter macrumors regular

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    From: viruse.informant.database@gmail.com:mad:
     
  7. supermint macrumors newbie

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    Most likely a phising attempt, I didn't get that e-mail in any of my gmail accounts. Plus the sender e-mail is weird :p
     
  8. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Oh, my friend, a little bit more than most likely. There is no chance in hell it's a legitimate e-mail. ;)
     
  9. Eric5h5 macrumors 68020

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    The terrible grammar might also be a teensy weensy give-away, ya think? :rolleyes: Wonder what would happen if the phishers finally learned how to write....

    --Eric
     
  10. tominated macrumors 68000

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  11. SamIchi macrumors 68030

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    This doesn't even warrant a question mark. The sad thing is, spammers still do this, which means they still get bites. *shakes head*
     
  12. sowillo14 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah, I just thought that by sharing it others with gmail accounts might not fall for it. I did report it also.
     
  13. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Yep, they do.

    I work IT for my university and one of those phishing e-mails were sent to a bunch of people on campus. Well, later that day, I got a call from one of the professors who couldn't access his e-mail or other things because his password didn't work. Turned out, he replied to the e-mail and they changed his password and who knows what else they did. Idiot
     

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