I got an e-mail from hotmail and then today I get the same kind of e-mail from g-mailasking for me to verify my account or it will be closed. Now they are asking for my information. Here is the e-mail and it was identical to the one that I got from hotmail:
Warning Verify Your Account Now To Avoid It Closed !!! Inbox
Gmail Team Thu, Nov 6, 2008 at 8:43 AM
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VERIFY YOUR FREE G MAIL ACCOUNT NOW !!!
Dear G ma il Account Owner,
This message is from Gmail messaging center to all Gmail free account owners and premium account owners. We are currently upgrading our data base and e-mail account center. We are deleting all unused Gmail account to create more space for new accounts.
To prevent your account from closing you will have to update it below so that we will know that it's a present used account.
CONFIRM YOUR IDENTITY BELOW
Gma il! ID : .......................................
Password : ......................................
Date of Birth : .................................
Country or Territory : ....................
Enter the letter from the Security Image : .................................... 859304
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
To: Gmail Team
To all: Gmail Team , firstname.lastname@example.org
It is spam!!! Don't reply to it. if they get your info then they get into your account and it's hard to say what kind of damage they can do.
Rule of thumb, no provider ever asks you to verify your information, they already have it or they always have a system you use AFTER you log into their site to get you lost info. not to mention that google is not in europe that should have given it away...
Caps for emphasis, you've been warned:
NO EMAIL SERVICE PROVIDER, INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER, SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE, BANK, CREDIT AGENCY OR ANY OTHER REPUTABLE COMPANY WILL ****EVER**** ASK YOU FOR YOUR PASSWORD.
g-girl is absolutly right lady...nobody is going to fall for that scam...but the problem is that some will respond telling the scammers what they think about such a lousey thing...and then presto...they've got your email address to sell to those who will torment you to death with declared lottery winning of thousands of dollars...and everything else one can imagine...cheers...a fan... pylos
oops...sorry lady Gwinevere...i forgot to ask about King Arthur...how's the ole chap doing these days...still sitting around that round table toasting his knights with a horn of ale...???...pylos...
There was a pretty good PayPal scam going on not too long ago, where the email mentioned how there'd been some weird activity on my credit card associated with the account and they wanted me to log in and verify. They gave a handy link to the sign in site and they had a really, really good fake paypal homepage. Only reason I knew it was crap was because I typed in the paypal url on a separate browser window and saw that it was different. I think the fake one had a pay_pal.com or something.
i get several a day sometimes...but mine is usually fake lottery winnings...some from fake microsoft sites that looks very authentic...just have to realize that legit sites don't do stuff like that...some sites that we click on the web will grab your mail address and sell it to those worrysome people...that flood your mail box with ads...tis a pity...pylos
I got an e-mail threatening me that my pay-pal account would be closed if I did not re-submit my credit card details! There was an online form to fill which required all the details needed with which the sender of that e-mail could go on an internet shopping spree!!! LOL! I did not even have a pay-pal account.
Another common thing is, e-mails from super rich people who don't have any relatives to leave their wealth behind. They claim that they got your e-mail address from a reliable and trustworthy source and would be only too happy to pass on their wealth to you, ONLY IF you promise to donate 75% of it to a worthy cause. The reward is, "you keep the change!" The amount concerned would put Mr William Gates, and Mr Warren Buffet to shame!
A few years earlier, there was an e-mail stating that Microsoft was conducting a beta test on some new software, and your participation, they said, would be appreciated. The manner in which you need to participate is, by forwarding these very e-mails to as many of your friends and acquaintances as you can, and copies of these mails back to the sender. Microsoft keeps track of each and every recipient you forward the mail to, and will reward you appropriately with US$2.00 per recipient, and US$1.00 for each mail forwarded by the recipients of your mail. Cool! Viral too!
When contacted, Microsoft denied all this!!! What a way to collect e-mail address. At that time, spamming was not exactly frowned upon. So these cats would have sold millions of dollars worth of their stuff online with the e-mail addresses harvested by this method!
I don't foresee an end to this, since Internet Marketing is a game of numbers, like the "gurus" say.
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