Fresh Phishing E-mail Scam yet again Attacks Gmail Users
According to security researchers, one fresh phishing e-mail posing as a message from Google Mail to its users is presently circulating online, thus published Tech2.in.com dated December 9, 2011.
The fake e-mail captioned "Google Account Storage Quota Exhausted on ******@gmail.com," may at a glance appear authentic. The sender's id, which shows firstname.lastname@example.org, has alphabets depicted differently that initially can't be detected since the name displays 'Accounts Support,' while within brackets lies the original e-mail. Moreover, similar to a typical e-mail, this particular message lands inside the victim's Gmail account.
Additionally, citing Google's mail record, the phishing electronic mail tells the recipient that there isn't enough storage space with ****@gmail.com, therefore, since Google Inc. aims at providing quality service, it suggests users to adopt an upgrade. But for that, they require clicking a given web-link that'll help upgrade the storage space of their Google accounts as also not cause them any difficulty in exchanging e-mails while facilitating them in utilizing other Google features too via ****@gmail.com, the e-mail concludes.
Nevertheless, following the web-link leads users onto one highly resembling Google.com page, which directs them to select the storage option obtainable for free as well as to feed in their passwords. Subsequently, the web-page just states that there's been a successful upgrading of the user's Google mail account, the researchers disclose.
The researchers also disclose some easy security tips for Gmail users towards lessening the chances involved in falling victim to the above kinds of phishing e-mails. These are: incase an e-mail reaches a person directing him to provide his secret or other sensitive details like a password, similar as within the aforementioned instance, then he must ignore that message for, usually organizations such as Gmail don't request such details over e-mail. Moreover, URL links within the above kind of e-mails mustn't be clicked as they could lead onto non-intended websites.
Eventually, the above Gmail phishing scam is the 2nd one targeting accountholders during recent months. Previously during July 2011, fake Gmail messages cautioned recipients to provide the usernames and passwords of their accounts by a certain time-period or have the accounts suspended.
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