If you just get a new email with the subject line ‘Alert: Finalization’, the first thing you need to do – don’t reply it and the next thing will be
If you just get a new email with the subject line ‘Alert: Finalization’, the first thing you need to do – don’t reply it and the next thing will be flag that email with ‘Report phishing‘ option. Why we need to do that? What the hell that email can do?
Read the email content(send from firstname.lastname@example.org) :
The Gmail Team is working on total security on all accounts and as a result of this security upgrade we require all Gmail members to verify their account with Google. To prevent your account from disability you will have to update your information by clicking the reply button and filling the space below.
Account owner that refuses to update his or her account within 72hours of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.
Thank you for using Gmail!
The Gmail Team
As you see this email asking User Name, Password, Birth date and Country which make this email a legitimate phishing attack. Neither Google nor Gmail ever going to ask you to validate your email account that way.
The sender also use the magic trick – use fear to get the gear.
“Account owner that refuses to update his or her account within 72hours of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.“
The email look funny to me but it really a scary one for millions of users using Gmail across the world. I hope very soon Google team going to give a statement over it and ban that email immediately.
If you reply this email with that details then your email will be compromised and may be all account that are maintained by that email. So, please don’t reply.
How to report it to Gmail Team?
Very easy. Locate the reply button and then click on drop down menu. Click on ‘Report Phishing’ option from that drop down menu.
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