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Google cancelling e-mail accounts?
Thread poster: Amy Duncan
Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Jan 31, 2007

I received an e-mail from Google today saying they are cancelling my account (and apparently all accounts) within 30 days if I don't click on a certain link, because of virus problems. I am suspicious of this e-mail because it has lots of hyperlinks in it, which I won't click on until I find out if it's legitimate.

Has anyone else received this e-mail?


Amy


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Riens Middelhof  Identity Verified
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Don´t click! Jan 31, 2007

There´s several possibilities:

1) You might install a spyware on you computer
2) You´re directed towards a "phishing" site, where a forged copy of "Google" will try to lure you to give up your personal information
3) It´s just spam, like the mails that used to go around several years ago about the MSN/Hotmail accounts.

That´s 3 times NO

And if you want to be sure, log in like allways onto your account, if there IS something wrong (which I hightly doubt) I´m sure they will tell it there...

Success


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Luca Tutino  Identity Verified
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No - do not click Jan 31, 2007

Ries is right. Just delete the offending email.

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MLeiria  Identity Verified
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Absolutely don't Jan 31, 2007

Not only don't open any links.

You may also want to report the abuse to Google through their Help Center. This will help to reduce danger to other potencial "victims".


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Mulyadi Subali  Identity Verified
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absolutely spam Jan 31, 2007

with its daily increase of capacity, it is impossible for google to start deleting account. just mark the email and report it as spam.
anyway, i think my gmail spam filter is better than my yahoomail. i suggest you to surf more securely. changing your browser from ie, to opera or firefox, should be the first step.


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Browser Jan 31, 2007

Mulyadi Subali wrote:

with its daily increase of capacity, it is impossible for google to start deleting account. just mark the email and report it as spam.
anyway, i think my gmail spam filter is better than my yahoomail. i suggest you to surf more securely. changing your browser from ie, to opera or firefox, should be the first step.


Thanks...I'm already using Firefox. I'll report it as spam, which is what I suspected.


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Mira Stepanovic  Identity Verified
Serbia
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Spam Jan 31, 2007

Don't open it. In future, try checking the origin here (you need to open full header of the email you want to check):

http://www.all-nettools.com/toolbox

Mira


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R-i-c-h-a-r-d  Identity Verified
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It's suspicious Jan 31, 2007

Amy,
I'm a subscribed Google advertiser and have a Google API (Search Engine Service KEY), but have never seen or had such an email.

Without actually seeing the email it's impossible to determine if it IS junk. Seems as though it is though!


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
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Here's the e-mail Jan 31, 2007

The fact that the e-mail it was sent from is gmail@livehelp.vsplash.com made me suspicious, too.


Política de Privacidade do Gmail


* 30 de janeiro de 2007

* Atenção

* Para que continue a usar o nosso serviço Gmail antes de entrar no seu e-mail ou Orkut terá que baixa nosso arquivo de segurança, devido a grande números de vírus na rede, caso desconsidere este aviso terá automaticamente e-mail cancelado em ate 30 dias úteis pelo nosso sistema. Download agora

Utilizações

* O Google mantém e processa a sua conta Gmail e seus conteúdos de forma a disponibilizar-lhe o seu serviço de Gmail e para aperfeiçoar nossos serviços. O serviço do Gmail inclui propaganda relevante e links relacionados baseados no endereço do IP, conteúdo das mensagens e outras informações relativas ao uso do Gmail.
* Os computadores do Google processam as informações nas suas mensagens para vários fins, incluindo formatação e exibição da informação para você, enviando propaganda e links relativos, prevenindo de e-mails indesejados (spam) fazendo back-up de suas mensagens e outras finalidades relativas em lhe oferecer o Gmail.
* O Google pode lhe enviar informações relacionadas à sua conta do Gmail ou outros serviços do Google.

Mais Informações

O Google segue os princípios de privacidade da US Safe Harbor. Para maiores informações sobre a estrutura da Safe Harbor ou o nosso cadastro, consulte o web site do Departamento do Comércio [norte-americano].

Maiores informações sobre o Gmail estão disponíveis aqui.

Para maiores informações sobre as nossas práticas de privacidade, consulte o texto integral da política de privacidade. Caso tenha outras dúvidas, entre em contato conosco. Você também pode nos escrever no endereço:

Privacy Matters
c/o Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View CA 94043
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©2006 Google - Página inicial do Gmail - Política de privacidade - Políticas do programa - Termos de uso - Página inicial do Google


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Liliana Roman-Hamilton  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:19
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same here Jan 31, 2007

I have a gmail account and I have never received such a notification. Why should Google cancel all accounts when gmail is one of their major services?
Report the scam to their Customer Service, Amy, they have a pretty good follow up of the whole scam thing.


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Angela Dickson  Identity Verified
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not addressed to you personally Jan 31, 2007

If it really were from Google, (and you're right, that email address rules out this possibility) then there would be some mention of your name and/or username. It is evident (though I don't understand Portuguese) that this is not sent personally to you, i.e. it's spam.

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TRANZsmart  Identity Verified
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scam Jan 31, 2007

don't bother listening to it...

if you suspect soemthin gto be a lie/virus/scam then you can always got to the norton antivirus page where you find will be able to find up to the minute information about the latest scams/viruses etc...

http://www.symantecstore.com/v2.0-img/operations/symantus/site/promo/pd/sidebysideus.htm

just type the general name/topic of the scam/email and it'll return the resutls for you.


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
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Thanks, everyone! Feb 1, 2007

I blasted the thing!!

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