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"Request to Close your Google Account" Phishing Scam

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"Request to Close your Google Account" Phishing Scam

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Google users who have received "Request to Close your Google Account" emails like the one below, which claim that a request to terminate their accounts will be processed, are asked to delete them because they are phishing scams. The fake email messages are being sent by cybercriminals to steal Google usernames and passwords, by tricking Google users into visiting a phishing website that steals email account credentials.

Sample of a "Google Account Termination Request" Phishing Scam

From: noreply_(G)oogle <drrafiqipi@gmail.com>

Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 1:10 PM

Subject: Update For

We have received your request to close your Google account @gmail.com and it's about to be processed,

To cancel this request and retain your account kindly verify your account

Verify Your Account

The link Above will expire in 24 hours

© 2018 Member Service Team.

The link in the phishing email message goes to a fake or phishing Google website, which will attempt to trick the potential victims into entering their usernames and passwords on it. If Google 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 Google 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 Google account is hijacked.

Note: Some of the names, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers or other information in samples on this website may have been impersonated or spoofed.

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  • January 15, 2019 at 5:30 PM by an anonymous user from Bedminster, New Jersey, United States

    I fell for it! What can I do now?

    remove

    • January 15, 2019 at 5:53 PM by info

      Change your passwords.

      remove

  • April 22, 2018 at 2:27 PM by an anonymous user from Oley, Pennsylvania, United States

    This was detected by my security:

    "Dear Gmail Customer,

    You submitted a request to terminate your Gmail mail account and the process has started by our Gmail mail Team, Please give us 3 working days to close your mail account.

    To cancel the termination request reply to this mail.

    All files on your Gmail mail including (Inbox, Sent, Spam, Trash, Draft) will be deleted and access to your Gmail mail account will be Denied.

    If you wish to Terminate your Email Address, you can Sign Up for a new Gmail mail account.

    For further help please contact by replying to this mail.

    Regards,

    Gmail! Account Services"

    remove

  • April 21, 2018 at 4:31 PM by an anonymous user from Los Angeles, California, United States

    Is this a correct gmail account team email or another phishing attempt?

    Dear Gmail Customer,

    You submitted a request to terminate your Gmail mail account and the process has started by our Gmail mail Team, Please give us 3 working days to close your mail account.

    To cancel the termination request reply  to this mail.

    All files on your Gmail mail including (Inbox, Sent, Spam, Trash, Draft) will be deleted and access to your Gmail mail account will be Denied.

    If you wish to Terminate your Email Address, you can Sign Up for a new Gmail mail account.

    For further help please contact by replying to this mail.

    Regards,

    Gmail! Account Services"

    remove

    • April 21, 2018 at 6:57 PM by info

      It is a phishing scam.

      remove

  • March 2, 2018 at 3:49 PM by an anonymous user from Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

    I also received something similar but sent by a random man from Bangladesh. His email is nurulkarim51@gmail.com

    Be careful.

    "We have received your request to close your Google account @gmail.com and it's about to be processed,

    To cancel this request and retain your account kindly verify your account

    ​​

    Verify Your Account

    The link Above will expire in 24 hours"

    remove

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