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Updated on February 7, 2012


Warning Code:VX2G99AAJ

Gmail Scam

If someone managed to get hold of your Gmail account, they could also get hold of your other personal details, like passwords, private messages, personal mail and any other details that you may have stored in there.

There is an email in circulation asking for your gmail account details,

I received the email today claiming to be from the Gmail team.


It asks for my Gmail ID My Password, my date of birth and country or territory where I live.

The email claims that if I don't send these details that my Gmail account will be closed in Seven days.

Below is the text from the email copied and pasted, as is, with no editing.

Screen shot of the fake email

The Email



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 email account from closing you will need to update so as to validate our user email database.


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 !

Warning Code:VX2G99AAJ


The Gmail Team


Another scam in Gmail

Do Not Give out Your Personal Details

The text above is pasted from the screenshot you see above, note that there are a few errors,

(why the gaps) G ma il

We are deleting all unused Gmail account ( plural so where is the s)

Gma il! ID : (Again with the gaps)

Enter the letter from the Security Image : ........ 859304


The real giveaway that this is someone trying to steal your gmail account is the fact that you can only answer the questions by replying to this email, if Gmail wanted to check an account was active they would send an email which when opened would automatically inform them that your account was being used. And why would Gmail revert to using garish lettering in the logo?

Protect your Gmail account, do not reply to this email if you receive it.



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      Judy Hart 

      8 years ago

      I got something like this today and it is repeatedly sending me the same email and that if I don't supply information like username, password, age, etc. that my account will deleted at the end of they year. It says it is from "The Google Team". Help!

      Here's the email:

      Sent from:

      At Google, we take your privacy and security seriously. Presently we are having congestion due to the anonymous registration of too many Gmail accounts so we are shutting down some accounts and your account is among those to be deleted. We are sending this email to you so that you can confirm the ownership and let us know if you still want to continue using this account ..

      Gmail need you to verify your account details ASAP .

      * Full Name* :

      * Email ID for login (Username) * :

      * Password * :

      * Confirm Password * :

      * Registered Year * :

      * Age * :

      * Account Use ? Business Or Private * :

      * Present Country Or Territory * :

      Do you use Gmail with this account ?* Yes / No

      Do you use orkut with this Google Account ?* Yes / No

      Do you use Blogger with this Google Account ?* Yes / No

      After following the instruction above, your account will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. Thanks for your attention to this request.


      Account owner that refuses to update his o

      r her account within Seven days of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

      We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation and understanding looking forward to hearing from you..


      The Google Team

      ©2011 Google - Google Home - Privacy Policy - Terms of Service

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      J Cates 

      9 years ago

      I don't think that there is anyone on this planet that doesn't realize that because of googles non- enforcement of spam policies, it has become 'the scammers paradise'.

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      denise mohan 

      9 years ago from California

      thnx for sharing Jimmy love to follow u

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      9 years ago

      Just got the same kind of warning on my msn. This is aweful. So glad I found this site.

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      9 years ago

      I just received one today stating the exact same as above but for Hotmail instead!

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      oscar gabriel campi 

      9 years ago

      Estimado usuario de la cuenta

      Este correo electrónico es de Hotmail Atención al cliente y la estamos enviando a todos los correos electrónicos de Hotmail Cuentas de usuario Propietario para su verificación. Debido a las congestiones reciente al registro anónimo de las cuentas de Hotmail, estamos cerrando algunas cuentas de Hotmail. Su cuenta se alistó entre los que se elimina.

      Este correo electrónico se envía para su verificación y actualización de saber si todavía quiere mantenerse esta cuenta. Si usted todavía está interesado por favor confirme los detalles de su cuenta y nos proporcione los detalles a continuación es decir, inmediatamente Su nombre de usuario, contraseña, fecha de nacimiento y la información de su país sería necesario para verificar su cuenta.

      Hotmail sería cerrar todas las cuentas no utilizadas, Usted tendrá que confirmar su dirección de e-mail completando su información de registro a continuación tras hacer clic en el botón de respuesta, o su cuenta será suspendida a las 24 horas por razones de seguridad.

      * Nombre de usuario:

      * Contraseña:

      * Fecha de nacimiento:

      * País o territorio:

      Una vez recibida la información solicitada anteriormente, la verificación de su cuenta se completará inmediatamente con su cuenta sin interrupciones y sin alteraciones. Gracias por su atención a esta solicitud. Nos disculpamos por cualquier inconveniente.

      Advertencia! titular de la cuenta que se niega a actualizar su cuenta después de la recepción de este correo es la conciliación de cuentas Laible a perder la cuenta de forma permanente.


      El Windows Live Hotmail Equipo

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      shaw customer 

      9 years ago

      this was e-mailed to me today...

      Dear Shaw Webmail Account User,

      This message is from Shaw.CA Webmail messaging center to all Shaw.CA

      Webmail account users. We are currently upgrading our data base and

      e-mail account center. We are deleting all email accounts due to

      congestion just to create more space for new accounts.

      To prevent your account from being deleted you will have to update it by

      providing the below information so that we will know that it's a present

      used account. We have been sending this notice to all our email account

      owners and this is the last notice/verification exercise.


      Email Address : ...............

      EMAIL Password : ................

      Date of Birth : .................

      Country or Territory : ..........

      Warning!!!: Account owner that refuses to update his or her account within

      Three days of receiving this warning will lose his or her account


      Thank you for using Our Webmail.

      Warning Code:VX2G99AAJ


      Shaw.CA Webmail Team.

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      mandeep singh 

      9 years ago

      check this out i received this mail for my yahoo account

      Dear Yahoo email Owner,

      This message is from Account Webmaster messaging center to all yahoo

      account owners.

      We are currently upgrading our data base and e-mail account center.

      We are deleting all unused email account to create more space for new


      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.

      To complete your Email account upgrade,you must reply to this email

      immediately and enter your login informations below.


      Email address:


      Alternative email:


      NOTE : Failure to do this will immediately render your email address

      deactivated from our database.

      Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his or her account within

      Seven days of receiving this warning will lose his or her account


      Thank you for using yahoo Gateway.

      Warning Code:VX2G99AAJ


      Yahoo Email Center.

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      9 years ago

      I got the hotmail version 13 days ago and my account is still active

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      10 years ago

      i got this same scam on my yahoomail...glad to know this man

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      10 years ago

      thank you for this information. i am glad i have to do my research when i got this email, i also thought that the GMAIL color is weird and the email looks very unprofessional. it is always good to be careful. thank you for posting this, i got my answer.

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      10 years ago

      I recently stayed at a hotel with complimentary wireless and while there received the above gmail request. At first I was going to submit the info then decided to investigate further. Thanks for this info. Do you think it had anything to do with the unsecured wireless connection? Thanks again.

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      10 years ago

      what happens if you respond. i got a bounce back. does someone still get it

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      10 years ago

      Hey!! I just got this e-mail and searched "Warning Code: VX2G99AAJ" because it's obviously a hoax and I was wondering how many people were getting it. Your site came up first! :)

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      10 years ago

      Just received this with the 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. signed: The Gmail Team G MAIL beta

      Thanks for the watchful eye.


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      10 years ago

      this is also in yahoo, please watch out

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      10 years ago

      Oh I answered it OK. MTL they won't like what I told them though. :>)

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      Tom of Canada 

      10 years ago

      Glad you posted this. I received this email today and, although I'm no sucker, I did wonder for a moment after I googled "Gmail Account Deletion" and found a lot of threads talking about how their accounts were deleted. It was only when I Googled the warning code that I came upon this thread. Should Google, at least on their Official Blog, address this? Thanks.

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      10 years ago

      thanks for the heads up. just got my message. shifty bastards.

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      Mary Ann Tortorich 

      10 years ago

      I just got this email for google account. Thank you for your site, MAT

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      Kelly Souza-Young 

      10 years ago

      Just received the same email today except it was with my hotmail account.

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      10 years ago

      they really need to eliminate these people. i have been job searching and they send emails wanting men to obtain my own credit reports. i would have to enter all my info ssn and all decided not to answer them . they raise your hopes of a job interview. that's so wrong

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      Stephanie Chai 

      10 years ago

      I just got the mail this morning. and got freaked out!

      thanks for your post though.

      I think they have upgraded their forms again.. no need to verify the code anymore. Hahaha!

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      Anamika S Jain 

      10 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Fortunately the very look at the mail can get one suspicious about the authenticity. But many times scams look real as the real ones and people come with new ideas of fooling people. Thanks for the Hub. We all need to be aware of what is going around.

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      10 years ago

      Thank you for the imformation. I doubt on dat because i receive this mail today sent by some verizon domain. If gmail sent this mail, why gmail use own main domain instead of verizon. Neway thanx for the imformation. It will really helpful to unknown and other person.

      Thank You again.

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      10 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. It is useful for me.

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      10 years ago

      This scam has now moved onto hotmail. It is exactly the same error code and comes from either or

      Clever to use the email teamlivewindow (notice the singular window)

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      10 years ago

      I just got this today. They have cleaned up the language and spacing, but still ask the same basic questions. They claim it is for congestion.

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      10 years ago

      i just received this one today, the only difference is that it came to my hotmail account.

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      Hot Desi Beauties 

      11 years ago

      Very Good Information, thanks a lot, it will help.

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      11 years ago

      This is good information. I have a question? How can you verify a gmail acct? Another person sends you an advertisement from a gmail address? Does google verify all of their acct holders before issuing accts or what?

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      11 years ago

      ha ha ha I was right, I recently got this on msn and was obviously fake considering their spelling...

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      12 years ago

      thanks for the heads up. I almost do what the email asked.

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      Chuck Nugent 

      12 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Jimmy, thanks for the warning. I have learned to ignore all such requests and never respond to these emails. I did get tricked by one of these phishing emails when they first started. I was visting family out of town and while checking my AOL email on my brother-in-law's PC I responded to an email supposedly from AOL asking me to update their files with more info which I did.

      I had a big scare the next day when I ran across an article about the scam in a newspaper on the plane on the way home. Fortunately, AOL took steps to limit the damage before any attacks were made on my account. Since then, I have always made it a point to open a new browser window and access my accounts directly when I receive such an email and think that it might be legitimate. Of course, I always discover that the emails never are legitimate but this has saved me from divulging information about my PayPal, eBay, bank accounts, credit card accounts, etc. to these characters.

      Thans for the great Hub, Jimmy and best wishes from my family to yours for Christmas and the coming year.


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      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      12 years ago from Chennai

      Great hub, thanks for warning everyone!

      And nice Xmas profile pic!

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      12 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks so much for posting that for all of us. The grammar in that email is laughable, but who knows who might not be paying attention and fall for it anyway?

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      12 years ago from Sydney

      I have five in three days, I send it to the authorities and never hear another jingle about it

      Great hub

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      12 years ago from Kochi

      Gmail, Paypal, Ebay, bank, credit card company... no one will ask you to send your A/c number/user name/password.

      If you receive anything like that, it might be a phishing Scam! Beware!

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      Eileen Hughes 

      12 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Yes the trouble with this sort of email is that most people are honest and gullible and they catch those type of people. They believe they will lose out if they do not do it.

      I nearly got caught with ebay like that. Because they told me I would not be able to sell on ebay anymore. And at first I thought it was true because they had all there letterheads insignias etc. But that's how smart they are.

      I even had someone get in and say that I had sold them a laptop. I didn't own one at that stage. But ebay soon sorted them out. Everyone needs to be wary and never ever give any details to anyone on the emails. Good hub

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      12 years ago from Vancouver, WA

      jimmy - good article. if gmail ever wants to check to see if an account is active they will actually not email you they will just check their logs.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      12 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for the heads up

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      Peter Messerschmidt 

      12 years ago from Port Townsend

      Good alert, thanks for posting this!

      It's a shame that phishing has become so widespread, and slightly alarming that it HAS, as it seems it wouldn't unless people were actually falling for these scams.

      Typos and bad grammar are always a dead giveaway. You can also hover your cursor over any link and see where it REALLY takes you.

      I don't know if gmail/google has a "spoof" department, but many major domains do. For example, I always forward PayPal phishes to ""

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      Stacie Naczelnik 

      12 years ago from Seattle

      I'm an avid gmail user, so this is good to know.


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