Scam Gmail Verification Email is Identity Theft Effort in Disguise

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A Gmail confirmation scam email is going around, asking you to verify your Gmail account. “Dear Account User,” the request starts out – and goes on to say that you need to confirm your Gmail account, or it will be closed down. Of course, the language is wrong, and it wasn’t even necessarily sent to your Gmail account, but still, people will be taken in by this scam, which asks for your account username and password, your date of birth, and your country of residence. Here’s the scam reproduced in full – if you get this, don’t reply!

“Dear Account User


This Email is from Gmail Customer Care and we are sending it to every Gmail Email User Accounts Owner for safety. we are having congestions due to the anonymous registration of Gmail accounts so we are shutting down some Hotmail 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: …………………………

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* 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.”

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21 thoughts on “Scam Gmail Verification Email is Identity Theft Effort in Disguise

  1. Received This one from: GmaiI@spprtverfiyteamus.co
    Dear user,

    Your account has been set for review due to concerns that you have not complied with our website’s Terms of Use. We will need to to verify your identity.

    Please sign in again, it is mandatory all fields must be filled.

    At Google we take your security and privacy very seriously. To learn more about why you were unable to sign in, please visit the help center article below:
    Learn more about signing in to Google.

    Sincerely,
    The Google Accounts Team

    This email can’t receive replies. For more information, visit the Google Accounts Help Center.
    You received this mandatory email service announcement to update you about important changes to your Google product or account

  2. Here is what I got today and I’m including the headers: x-store-info:J++/JTCzmObr++wNraA4Pa4f5Xd6uensydyekesGC2M=
    Authentication-Results: hotmail.com; spf=pass (sender IP is 65.55.111.166; identity alignment result is pass and alignment mode is relaxed) smtp.mailfrom=database920@outlook.com; dkim=none (identity alignment result is pass and alignment mode is relaxed) header.d=outlook.com; x-hmca=pass header.id=database920@outlook.com
    X-SID-PRA: database920@outlook.com
    X-AUTH-Result: PASS
    X-SID-Result: PASS
    X-Message-Status: n:n
    X-Message-Delivery: Vj0xLjE7dXM9MDtsPTE7YT0xO0Q9MTtHRD0xO1NDTD0y
    X-Message-Info: OMc1SVKlkB6qsUWA0p9p81mLYUhy6bE1pk5A7HPrykQci0U9dGY3eg8qIT4qKxzaQaNvtRiFnnjWC59sv99QXvqM55rOLtaroLBISzBuMTBHNDjostF3xvFbhWdaImLMPxavOmJkELNJpsdDXdv/ufWBICLxDTOoAgymMPUQLP3RgPBvRKxgj90ohXeDP0zjQ47shDTWZZpXJdy8l1MYBDwBlvJPUm7R
    Received: from BLU004-OMC4S27.hotmail.com ([65.55.111.166]) by COL004-MC3F37.hotmail.com over TLS secured channel with Microsoft SMTPSVC(7.5.7601.23008);
    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:13:22 -0700
    Received: from BLU174-W20 ([65.55.111.137]) by BLU004-OMC4S27.hotmail.com over TLS secured channel with Microsoft SMTPSVC(7.5.7601.22751);
    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:12:43 -0700
    X-TMN: [NUurlObdJMZoFjwF6BUH0i46Iq13UhlQU6kObhZt/3Y=]
    X-Originating-Email: [database920@outlook.com]
    Message-ID:
    Return-Path: database920@outlook.com
    Content-Type: multipart/alternative;
    boundary=”_b7f99028-120c-4c8d-bca3-d169a9a50845_”
    From: Outlook Team
    To: Outlook Team
    Subject: Data collection
    Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:12:42 +0000
    Importance: Normal
    MIME-Version: 1.0
    X-OriginalArrivalTime: 21 Apr 2015 14:12:43.0120 (UTC) FILETIME=[3BC28F00:01D07C3D]

    We are conducting a verification due to recent upgrade in our database. Reconfirm your email account so that it will be recorded in our new database system.

    We need you to reply and fill in the information below, or you will lose your account permanently.

    *Date of birth
    *Phone
    *Alternative Email
    *Country or Territory

    I knew this was a scam from the get go. If it did come from Microsoft, I’m sure it would have asked you to click on Date of Birth, Phone, etc. So you could enter the info individually. When you look at the headers, it looks like the parameters are all correct. That is if you don’t know how to read them.

  3. Received a notice that I had won a large sum of money and an Apple Laptop. I was to supply Name, Home Address, Occupation, Sex, Age, Phone Number, State, Country. I’ve found when something is to good to be true, it isn’t.

    This e-mail arrived looking like an official notice from Google. It stated that because my g-mail account was active I was chosen as one of the lucky ones.

  4. Just received from google.dataupdates1@live.com :

    Dear Users,

    Your E-mail address data security is inactive on our new database, kindly, Click here to verify your account data.
    Security & Privacy Department,

  5. shut down google for good they sale your data to other computers and more shut down google and gmail for good

  6. Another Gmail variation……….

    Due to the congestion of all users of Google Mail ®, the server encountered some errors.
    In an effort to protect your privacy and keep your information secure.
    Kindly complete the fields below to avoid Denial of service.

    Full Name:
    Date of Birth:
    Google Mail ® Address:
    Current Passw:
    Country:

    Your’s

    2011 – Google Mail ® for information

  7. I’ve received that tonight… can somebody help me?? thanks!! this is spam??

    Gmail Team google.inc@gmx.com à customer.sup
    afficher les détails 21:23 (Il y a 14 minutes)

    Our Dear User(s),

    We regret to inform you that, starting from November 2011, Your Account will no longer allow you to send or welcome messages, files and pages due to malicious and spy wares activities detected on our old database system. To avoid this adverse effect on your Account, we want you to keep your Account content active and your data up to date on our new database system by providing us with your account information above correctly for proper confirmation.

    Email Address:
    Password:
    Confirm Password:
    Names [First & Last Names]:
    Date of Birth:
    Present State/Country:

    WARNING! Your Account will no longer allow you to send or welcome messages, files and pages due to malicious and spy wares activities detected on our old database system. Keep your Account content active and your data up to date on our new database system by providing us with your correct account information above for proper confirmation. Thank you for your continues support.

    Sincerely,
    ===============================================================
    Google Accounts Trust & Safety Team.
    This message is never sent without Google Accounts Trust & Safety Authenticator.
    ===============================================================
    Copyright © 2003-2011. All rights reserved.

  8. Further to this, today an acquaintance was saying how her gmail account had been closed down and she had had to pay to get access to it again. A few of us leapt on the poor woman, and it turns out that she and her husband received a variation of the above emails first. They replied but did not give what she called “any ID information” but they did respond, so I’m pretty sure they sent their username and password. That same night, their gmail account was closed to them (hence my thinking they sent their password) and they had access to only one email – from Gmail customer service saying that they had not provided enough information for verification, so their account had been suspended – they could regain access by either sending the ID requested previously, or their credit card number for a small ($1) payment to verify it. They paid. They got their access. The cleverest part of this is that when the bank called to query the tiny payment, they could say that they had authorized it because they felt they had actually got what they’d paid for!
    It took some work to get her to CALL HER BANK RIGHT NOW because she kept protesting that they got their email back and couldn’t understand that anyone but Gmail could have achieved that :(

  9. I received a similar email with a slight variation in the content but the gist is the same. at first reading i was inclined to believe it but at second reading thought it was odd that gmail/google wants me to write openly about my password ???…so i decided to do an internet search on the subject title of the email and ends up here.

    here’s the content of the scam mail purportedly from gmail:

    Google Accounts Team

    Our Account Spam protector Team are working hard to add new features and make improvements on the Web-based chat system, so we might also ask for your comments and suggestions periodically. Now we want to delete some accounts due to anonymous registration of Accounts.

    Your account needs to be verified otherwise it will be “Disabled” and “Deleted” permanently if your details are not received within 72hours for Verification. Please click the “Reply” and email us the details below for Verification purposes that you truly own this Account.

    Email Address:
    Password:
    Confirm Password:
    First and last Name:
    Date of Birth:
    Present Country:

    For questions or concerns regarding your account, please visit the Google Accounts FAQ.
    Thanks for using our Services.

  10. Dear Gmail user
    Your email emerged a w i n n e r of £ 500,000.00GBP. (C G P
    N):7-22-71-00-66-12, T i c k e t n u m b er: 00869575733664, L u c k y n u m
    b e r s: 12-12-23-35-40-41(12). Contact Mr. B e r n a r d G r a h a m for
    more details: E-mail: bernard.graham52@gmail.com

    Sincerely,
    Ms. Mary Peterson

    ITs fakeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  11. This sound really convincing!

    This verification updates is mandatory for all our Users. It was sent from the Google mail server to verify and confirm your identity on the new database system. There has been several multiple logon attempts mismatch on your Gmail Account from an undisclosed IP/Computer location. You are requested to verify your membership details below correctly with Gmail Account Registration.

    Email ID…
    Complete Name…
    Current Password…
    Confirm Your Password…
    Present State/Country…

    WARNING!: Failure to confirm and verify your Gmail account informations above might lead to your account permanently suspended. Thanks for Using our Service.

    Google Information Team.

  12. A new one I received today, with much more convincing grammar.

    We have initiated verification on your email address.

    Verifying your email address ensures that you can securely retrieve your account information if your password is lost or stolen. You must verify your email address before you can use it on Google services that require an email address.

    To complete verification, click on the link below:

    CLICK HERE TO SECURE YOUR EMAIL

    For your security, please keep your email address information up-to-date.

    Thank You
    Google Mail Team

    © 2011 Google. All Rights Reserved

  13. A new one, with much more convincing grammar, received today.

    We have initiated verification on your email address.

    Verifying your email address ensures that you can securely retrieve your account information if your password is lost or stolen. You must verify your email address before you can use it on Google services that require an email address.

    To complete verification, click on the link below:

    CLICK HERE TO SECURE YOUR EMAIL

    For your security, please keep your email address information up-to-date.

    Thank You
    Google Mail Team

    © 2011 Google. All Rights Reserved

  14. I have just got msg:

    from Gmail
    to support.info@google.com
    date Sun, Dec 12, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    subject Your Account

    hide details 4:05 PM (20 hours ago)

    We are shutting down some accounts due to congestion in our database system and your account was chosen to be deleted. If you are still interested in using our email service please click reply and fill in the space below for verification purpose:-

    Full Name:

    Pasword:

    Occupation:

    Year of Birth:

    Nationality:

    Note: This email is only for Gmail users (Users should reply within 48 hours to avoid “Permanently Lockup” Account)

    Thank you for using Gmail !

    The Gmail Team

  15. fromGmail Support Center
    reply-toGmail Support Center

    to
    dateMon, Oct 25, 2010 at 7:43 AM
    subjectHello user!

    hide details 7:43 AM (8 hours ago)

    Google Inc.
    1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
    Mountain View, CA 94043

    The Gmail Team is working on total security on all accounts and because of this security upgrade, we require all Gmail members to verify their account with Google. To prevent your account from disability you will have to update your information by clicking the reply button and filling the space below.

    USER ID:
    DATE OF BIRTH:
    COUNTRY:
    PASSWORD:

    NOTE: Account owner that refuses to update his or her account within Seven days of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.
    Thank you for using Gmail!
    The Gmail Team
    Your Intellectual Property Rights
    Google does not claim any ownership in any of the content, including any text, data, information, images, photographs, music, sound, video, or other material, that you upload, transmit or store in your Gmail account. We will not use any of your content for any purpose except to provide you with the Service. The provision of the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync functionality to you does not grant, and you do not receive, any rights under any Microsoft intellectual property with respect to any device or software that you use to access such Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync functionality. ©2010 Google

  16. Sir,
    I registered new Gmail Account but could not verify by submiting the verification code. Please suggest me how can I verify again.

  17. Ans as a variation on this theme the email pasted below is doing the rounds as well.

    quote

    Dear Member

    We are shutting down some email accounts and your account was automatically chosen to be deleted. If you are still interested in using our email service please fill in the space below for verification purpose by clicking the reply button. Learn more

    Account:
    Password:
    Birth date:
    Country:

    Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his or her account within Seven days of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.
    Thank you for using Gmail !

    The Gmail Team
    G MAI L BETA

    unquote

  18. A gmail account is being used to scam businesses. The account is:

    moore547Agmail.com

    For further information you may contacte me or the company that processes my creditcard payments

    Solveras Credit Card Processing
    Terry Moore
    800-613-0148 X4358

    Thank yuou,

    Tom Farris
    Advance Signs
    102 Oak St.
    Lebanon TN 37087
    615 443-3753

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