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‘Explain Us About this Unusual Activity’ Phishing Email

by Brett M. Christensen

Some scam attempts are so poorly executed that they are almost entertaining.

This rather lame attempt to steal your Google Account login details fits into that category:

Unusal Activity Google Account Scam Email

The message claims that someone recently used wrong passwords to sign in to your Google Account. It warns that if you don’t reply to the email to “explain us about this unusual activity”, your account will be suspended.
Of course, if you did reply, you would then be asked to submit your Google Account login credentials and other personal information. The crooks would use this information to hijack your account and perhaps attempt to steal your identity as well.

Scam emails designed to nab your online account details are very common, although most are a little more sophisticated than this attempt.

Sophisticated or not,  the best thing to do with such scam messages is hit the delete button.

Transcript of the scam email:

Subject: unusual activity
unusual activity
Someone recently used wrong passwords to try to sign in to your Google account [removed]@gmail.com

we prevented the sign-in attempt, in this case please review the details of the sign-in attempt:

Monday at 08:38:12 AM UTC.
IP Address : (GB)

NOTE : if you do not reply to this message to explain us about this unusual activity.
Our records indicate that your account will suspended , try to reply us asap.

Google team Account.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,