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Beware of "Gmail This Mailbox Has Been Reported And Will Be Closed" Phishing Scam

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Beware of "Gmail This Mailbox Has Been Reported And Will Be Closed" Phishing Scam

Gmail users, if you have received the email below, which claims that Google has decided to close your Gmail accounts, please delete it because it is a scam. The fake email message contains links that go to, or an attachment which has, a phishing website that steals Google account usernames and passwords. The phishing website looks exactly like Google’ own website, which makes it easier to trick Gmail or Google users into believing the fake website is legitimate.

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Therefore, recipients of the fake email message (see sample below) should delete it and not follow the instructions in it. And, Gmail or Google users should never click on a link to sign into their accounts, they should instead, go directly to www.gmail.com and sign-in from there. And, if something is wrong with their accounts, they will be notified after signing in. Doing this will prevent Google users from visiting fake Gmail or Google websites that steal account credentials, personal and financial information.

The "Gmail This Mailbox Has Been Reported And Will Be Closed" Phishing Email

From: "Account update" <wallingfordartclub@hotmail.com>

Date: 31 Oct 2017 05:39

Subject: This Mailbox Has Been Reported And Will Be Closed

To: "no-reply@accounts.security.com" <no-reply@accounts.security.com>

Google has Decided to Close your Account



Dear Email Client,

In line with the Gmail's policy and pursuant to the terms and conditions of the account accepted by you, in accordance with applicable rules and regulations, We are reviewing all our accounts and pursuant to the review, Google may take extra decision to close certain accounts.

Therefore, Google has decided to close your account. If you still want to maintain your account with us, find in the attached our account review and update instruction. This is valid for 72-Hours

In case we don't hear from you within the above stated time period, Google will proceed to close your account after 30 days from the date of this notice. All the contents of your account will be permanently deleted.


Gmail Team

This email can't receive replies. For more information, visit the Google Accounts Help Centre.

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  • Posted: Nov 1, 2017 by an anonymous user from or near: Riyadh (Al Jazirah), Ar Riya?, Saudi Arabia

    I've received exactly the same email couple minutes ago; I was about to click 'Update' button, then I immediately realized that this alert must be SPAM as my email cannot be described as "unused" as indicated in the alert received.
    Your post is really helpful, thanks.


  • Posted: Oct 31, 2017 by an anonymous user from or near: Tuscola, Texas, United States

    I received this email this morning.


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