This morning I received another 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.
Due to the congestion in our Gmail servers,there would be removal of all unused Gmail Accounts.
You will have to confirm if your E-mail is still active by filling out your login info below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 24 hours for security reasons.
Note: This email is only for Account owner.
Thank you for using Gmail !
The Gmail Team
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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