Sunday, January 16, 2011

Scam attempt by "The Gmail Team"

If you receive an email from someone purporting to be from "The Gmail Team" and asking you "to confirm if your email is still active by filling out your login details...or your account will be suspended within 24 hours for security reasons", DO NOT respond.

I am certain it is a scam because when I did not respond to its 24-hour warning, back came another email after the deadline had expired, saying:

"Your Account Will Not Be Interrupted After Following The Instructions And Your Service Still Continue As Normal. We Apologize For Any Inconveniences.
Thank You For Using Gmail.
The Gmail Team"

But this was not the first email that I had received from "The Gmail Team". A few weeks ago, I got a similar one which gave me a seven-day deadline to respond. Nothing happened when I did not.

There were two give-aways in "The Gmail Team's" attempted scam.
One, it said that "due to the congestion in our Gmail servers, there would be removal of all unused mail Accounts."

As far as I know, this cannot be true because Gmail's biggest selling point is that users needn't erase their email messages because of its huge capacity. So why should it be talking about congestion in its servers?

Secondly, why should Gmail be asking for login details when all it wanted was to confirm that the account was being used? Surely a simple reply would suffice.

So, do stay alert! Never give away your login details.


  1. Also got similar warning fm Yahoo sometime ago too but account still functions.

    That's y I use only local ISP email addie for impt emails.

    The free ones like gmail, yahoo etc are riddled with scams and spams! :)

  2. Same with MSN too..... so be careful folks :D