Spam scammers just never give up. Your Gmail account is one online service that’s constantly targeted by email scammers and fraud artists. In fact, Gmail accounts scams have been with us since Gmail came on the scene.
This morning I received the following email, purportedly from the Gmail Help Team, in which the spam scammer attempts to convince me that this is the genuine article.
Just like most of these type of emails though, this one contains the usual misspelling, grammatical, and punctuation errors.
Gmail Help Team
Account Inspection Department
Due to congestion in Gmail database system, we have come to realize that your account information on our database system are out of date, because of that we require you to verify your Information. Failure to verify your information will result in account suspension. If you are still interested in using our email service, Please click the reply button and fill the below spaces as requested.
This message is for Gmail users only.
Thank you for using Gmail!
It looks convincing enough, that some new Gmail users might easily be taken in. I know that you won’t be deceived by this type of clumsy attempt to defraud, but you would be surprised how often reasonably intelligent people are.
In this case the following issues raised immediate questions.
No personalized greeting.
The reply form asks for information that I initially supplied to Gmail when I activated my account.
The reply form asks me to provide my password. Isn’t this supposed to be kept secret even from Gmail?
Common sense advice: If you have any doubts about the legitimacy of any email message and its attachment, delete them.
If you are unsure of an emails legitimacy, then take a look at the headers. For example, to do this is Gmail –
Log in to Gmail.
Open the message you’d like to view headers for.
Click the down arrow next to Reply, at the top-right of the message pane.
Select Show original.
Check the initial “Received from” field in the header, since this field is difficult to forge.
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