Phishers exploit Google Docs with Gmail de-activation alert

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

The Gmail database is not congested, and Google is not asking users to confirm that their accounts are still active.

But, it seems that scammers are hoping that you might believe that’s true, according to one of the latest phishing attacks that has been spammed across the net.

Here’s what a typical email looks like:

Subject: De-Activation Alert!

Message body:
Dear Gmail Account User,

Due to the congestion in our Gmail database, We will be shutting down all unused accounts before on the 30th of June. You will have to re-confirm your account as soon as possible to enable us upgrade your account before the deadline date.

To confirm your account kindly fill the account verification form.

After Following the instructions in the sheet, your account will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. Thanks for your attention to this request.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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