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Beware of "Google Gmail Account Deactivation" Phishing Scams

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Beware of "Google Gmail Account Deactivation" Phishing Scams

Google users who have received emails like the one below, which claim that their accounts will be deactivated or removed from Gmail.com server, are phishing scams. The fake email messages are being sent by cybercriminals to steal Google usernames and passwords, by tricking Gmail users into visiting a phishing website that steals email account credentials.

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A Sample of the "Google Gmail Account Deactivation" Phishing Scam

From: The Google Accounts <info@linguee.de>

Date: Tue, Oct 31, 2017 at 10:43 AM

Subject: Your account will be deactivated

Hello,

This is to inform you that your request on: 10/30/2017 9:20:14 p.m. to remove your account from gmail.com server has been approved and will initiate in one hour from the exact time you open this message.

Regards.

ignore this message to continue with email removal or

If this deactivation was not requested by you

Please reply us.

Regards,

Google

The link in the phishing email message goes to a fake or phishing Gmail website, which will attempt to trick the potential victims into entering their usernames and passwords on it. If Gmail users attempt to sign into the phishing website with their usernames and passwords, it will be sent to the cybercriminals behind the email scam, who will use the information to hijack their accounts. The hijacked Gmail accounts will then be used by cybercriminals fraudulently.

Remember, if you receive email messages like these, please go directly to your email account instead of clicking on the links in the email messages. If there is anything wrong with your account, it will be shown to you after signing in. And, if you were tricked by one of these phishing scams, please change your password immediately before your Gmail account is hijacked. If your account has already been hijacked, click here for help regaining access to it.

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    I've received the email once a week for the past 5 weeks, I just delete it

    delete


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  • Posted: Feb 2 at 3:10 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Chicago, Illinois, United States

    I saw the message in my spam while I was looking for message that was sent regarding new bank account password. I saw the message that was going to de activate my account in one hour and freaked pulling it up knowing I didn't do as far as I knew. I have changed my password. Is that all?

    delete


    • Posted: Feb 2 at 3:18 AM by info

      Yes, that is all you need to do.

      delete


  • Posted: Jan 17, 2018 by an anonymous user from or near: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States

    I have received this email and I knew I did not request for my account to be closed. I clicked on the senders name and it was not a valid email so I immediately deleted the email but they continue to send them to me.

    delete


    • Posted: Jan 17, 2018 by info

      Flag them as spam so they are automatically sent to the Spam/Junk folder.

      delete


  • Posted: Jan 9, 2018 by an anonymous user from or near: Culver, Indiana, United States

    I researched it myself as I never requested to close my account. Glad I know better then to open something so suspicious Thank You!!!

    delete


  • Posted: Dec 5, 2017 by an anonymous user from or near: Sandy, Oregon, United States

    This was very helpful to me. I have been told not to ever open spam and I had not made any request to stop my Google account. I just Googled my issue and you answered my questions.

    Thanks.

    delete


    • Posted: Dec 26, 2017 by an anonymous user from or near: Dallas, Texas, United States

      Unfortunately, I opened that email in spam. I bet the lie I bit into the lie and let them know the scammers that I did not request deactivation of my Google account. I left my phone number but no password.

      delete


  • Posted: Nov 30, 2017 by an anonymous user from or near: Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

    I have been receiving these phishing emails for several weeks now. They go straight into my spam folder which I review on a regular basis.

    I recognise these emails are not genuine - the date error gives them away, ie "my request of 28/12/17" and we are not even in the month of December. I never open these emails as I know they are not genuine and Google would not contact me in this way. Nor have I ever requested my account to be deactivated.

    I am surprised however, that Google are not making more of an effort to stop these emails from infiltrating the system as there will be less savvy users out there who will click on the link and put their account at risk.

    delete


  • Posted: Nov 27, 2017 by an anonymous user from or near: Palm Harbor, Florida, United States

    Same thing; this was my message:

    "This is to inform you that your request on: 26/11/2017 2:37:40 p.m. to remove your account from gmail.com server has been approved and will initiate in one hour from the exact time you open this message.

    Regards,

    ignore this message to continue with email removal or If this deactivation was not requested by you

    Please reply us.

    Regards,

    Google

    NOTE: If You Receive This Message In Your Junk or Spam Its Due to Your Internet Provider"

    I never made this request. I replied saying I never made this request. Why am I getting this? Now that I know this is a scam I am very mad and angry. What the heck do I do? How do I stop this and how do I stop getting phishing emails?? Please respond immediately!! I have so much private information in this email. I do not want hackers getting my personal information.

    Someone, please help me so I can fix this problem. Can I report to Google or are they already made aware of it? I never logged into anything so do they have my information now? Someone, please respond ASAP. Same thing happened to my old email. One day I change my password click on a email from Google and since then I have not been able to get into my account.

    DONT FALL FOR THIS!!!

    delete


    • Posted: Nov 27, 2017 by info

      Once you didn't click the link in the email and sign into the website that you were taken to, you are OK. If you did click on the link, please change your password.

      The email is a fake and an attempt by cybercriminals to trick you into clicking on the link.

      delete


  • Posted: Nov 14, 2017 by info

    Here is another scam:

    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From: The Google Accounts <support@hydrofoilbamboo.com>
    Date: Sun, Nov 12, 2017 at 1:23 PM
    Subject: Your account will be deactivated

    Hello,

    This is to inform you that your request on: 11/11/2017 2:37:40 p.m. to remove your account from gmail.com server has been approved and will initiate in one hour from the exact time you open this message.
    Regards.

    ignore this message to continue with email removal or

    If this deactivation was not requested by you

    Please reply us.

    Regards,
    Google"

    delete


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