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Beware of "Gmail Critical Security Alert for Your Account" Scam

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Beware of "Gmail Critical Security Alert for Your Account" Scam

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Gmail users, if you have received the "Critical Security Alert for Your Account" email below, which claims a sign-in attempt was blocked for your account, please do not follow the instructions in it. This is because the email is a phishing scam being sent by cybercriminals to steal their potential victims' Gmail account credentials (usernames and passwords).

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The "Gmail Critical Security Alert for Your Account" Scam

From: Administration <derogatesmqx575@hallenobjekte.com>

Date: April 1, 2018 at 6:08:15 AM PDT

Subject: Critical security alert for your account

Your account is listed as the recovery email for. Don't recognize this profile? click here.

Sign-in attempt was blocked for your linked account

Someone just used your password to try to sign in to your profile.

CHECK ACTIVITY

You received this email to let you know about important changes to your profile and services.

© 2018 gmail.com., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA

Gmail users should never click on a link to sign into their accounts, they should instead, go directly to https://myactivity.google.com/ to check their account activity log.

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  • Apr 5, 2019 at 1:48 PM by an anonymous user from New York, United States

    my wife received a phone from Google security team. she asked to contact them at [408]657-3584. the call was received today 4/5 at 1300 hours regarding suspicious activity on my google account

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    • Apr 5, 2019 at 3:27 PM by info

      It is a scam, Google doesn't call you regarding suspicious activity on your account.

      remove

  • Apr 3, 2019 at 12:01 PM by an anonymous user from Tigard, Oregon, United States

    I received such a critical security alert ...
    I followed the instructions and as a consequence now have a "recovery email" linked account, which receives all sorts of junk mail.
    How can I get back to the way it was before without the "recovery email" linked account.
    In other words, how can I unlink the "recovery email" address?
    Hoping to get things normalized,
    Reiner

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    • Apr 3, 2019 at 12:24 PM by info

      On your Android phone or tablet, open the Gmail app.
      In the top-left, touch the Menu Menu.
      Scroll down and tap Settings.
      Tap the Gmail account you’d like to unlink.
      Tap Unlink in category Linked Account.

      You will then ask you if you’d like to keep all the emails that we imported into your Gmail mailbox from your other account.
      If you remove them from Gmail, they’ll still be in the inbox of your other provider (for example, Outlook or Yahoo! Mail).
      If you keep them in Gmail, they’ll stay in your Gmail account. However, if you move or delete them in Gmail, these actions won’t be reflected in your other account.
      After you unlink your accounts, Gmail will stop showing you new messages from your other account.

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      • Apr 3, 2019 at 1:11 PM by an anonymous user from Tigard, Oregon, United States

        what you are suggesting doesn't seem to work for me - I have a desktop computer, and I am using Thunderbird as an email client.

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  • Mar 20, 2019 at 9:56 AM by an anonymous user from Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

    I have received a very realistic looking email headed 'Critical Security Alert' purporting to be from Google (no-reply@accounts.google.com).

    However the email address it uses for me is not the user name for my Google account.

    There is a button for signing in, asking me for password.

    Am I right to be suspicious?

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    • Mar 20, 2019 at 10:26 AM by info

      Yes, you are right to be suspicious. You should never click on links in emails to sign into your accounts.

      Go directly to myaccount.google.com and sign into your account from there. If something is wrong with your account, you will be notified after signing in.

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  • Oct 19, 2018 at 8:40 PM by an anonymous user from Richardson, Texas, United States

    I seem to have accumulated about 30 emails in my junk folder regarding Google mail not being able to be delivered...something about bulk mail. This article has helped me figure the malicious intent.
    Thank you.

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  • Oct 16, 2018 at 9:12 AM by an anonymous user from Kandukur, Telangana, India

    moneygramindia12018@cash4u.com identify this email address.

    remove

  • Jul 19, 2018 at 3:27 AM by an anonymous user from Bedminster, New Jersey, United States

    I didn't realize this was a scam and pushed the "check activity" button and tried to sign in. AGH- what do I do?!

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    • Jul 21, 2018 at 11:22 AM by an anonymous user from Gresham, Oregon, United States

      change your password.

      remove

    • Jul 19, 2018 at 8:14 AM by info

      Change your password immediately.

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  • Jul 9, 2018 at 5:53 PM by an anonymous user from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

    I received this email today. I've forwarded it to info@onlinethreatalerts.com

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  • Jun 20, 2018 at 12:25 AM by an anonymous user from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    I received one of these letters today. Looked suspicious.

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  • May 24, 2018 at 9:43 PM by an anonymous user from Plympton, South Australia, Australia

    I received a copy of this email today. It was sent to an alternative email address. How did they find the other email address?

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  • May 10, 2018 at 2:45 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From: "UnsubscribeMessage" <info@uu.net>
    Date: Dec 12, 2017 12:03 AM
    Subject: Security alert for your G00GLE-account

    Security alert for your G00GLE-account
    DEAR GMAIL'USER,

    if you would to unsubscribe from our mailing list and stop receiving these emails please click unsubscribe button.
    unsubscribe

    remove

  • May 3, 2018 at 4:08 PM by an anonymous user from Monroe, Michigan, United States

    I just got the email and I dont have a google account, I have yahoo, so I knew it was a scam

    remove

    • May 9, 2018 at 12:07 PM by an anonymous user from Lockport, Illinois, United States

      I got an email today 5/9/18 and one last week.

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  • Apr 17, 2018 at 7:41 AM by an anonymous user from Oak Park, Illinois, United States

    I received one this morning. If you have a gmail account click the arrow down on the right and report it as phishing. That is all you can do.

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  • Apr 9, 2018 at 10:25 PM by an anonymous user from Perth, Western Australia, Australia

    I receive these messages every day, sometimes several a day. They come from 'ghost' email addresses that have nothing to do with Google.

    The annoyance is minimal. All I do is delete them.

    I have never clicked on any of the links in the message.

    There is no way that I know of to block the messages as the sender address changes every time.

    remove

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