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"Closing And Deleting Of Your Google Account in Progress" Phishing Scam

Google users who have received the email message below, which claims that the closing and deleting of their accounts are in progress, should delete it. The fake email message is a phishing scam being sent by cyber criminals to frighten and trick Google users into clicking on a link in it, which goes to a phishing website that steals Google and other online account credentials (usernames and passwords).

Closing And Deleting Of Your Google Account in Progress Phishing Scam
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The Phishing Google Account Email Message

From: Update Info <office@sureintl.com>

Sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 3:38 AM

To: noreply@hotmail.com

Subject: Closing And Deleting Of Your Google Account In Progress

Hotmail

Hi

We contacted you to let you know we will close & delete your Account! now

We would like to give you our final notice today before closing this email account.

Kindly visit your account below to cancel this unknown request

VISIT YOUR ACCOUNT DASHBOARD & CANCEL REQUEST

Thank you

Account team Inc © 2017

The link in the email message goes to phishing website looking exactly like Google's. On the website, visitors will be asked to sign-in, but any attempts to sign-in will result in their credentials being sent to the cybercriminals behind the phishing scam. Once the cybercriminals have received the stolen credentials, they will gain access to the accounts, hijack and use them fraudulently.

Google users who have already been tricked by the phishing email message are asked to change their Google account password immediately before their accounts are hijacked and used fraudulently by cybercriminals.

This is why Google users should never click on links in email messages to sign into their accounts. They should always go directly to https://accounts.google.com/ and sign-in from there. Once they have signed into their accounts, they will be notified of changes or updates that need to be done to their accounts, if there is any.

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  • March 29, 2019 at 8:32 AM by an anonymous user from: London, England, United Kingdom

    Hello, I have a question for a friend.

    They are concerned about receiving an email constantly, supposedly, from Google.

    The first email they received back early March, stated Google was closing down their account and their email contacts would be deleted by a certain date later by the end of the week. They also reported their computer kept closing down.

    Recently, they received another email, with similar threats and are concerned whether it is actually genuine or not?

    Their computer repeatedly closed down on them again.

    I told them I believe it may be a phishing scam, but I would like some confirmation whether this is true, and should they send their laptop in for repairs, in case they have a virus?

    Please can someone provide advice.

    Thank you.

    • March 29, 2019 at 9:09 AM by info

      Have them scan their computer with the antivirus software installed on their computer.

      If they do not have one, tell them to try the free version of AVG antivirus.

      And, if the reboot continues, take the computer to a technician.

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"Closing And Deleting Of Your Google Account in Progress" Phishing Scam