This message, which claims to be from “Email Protection Services”, warns that some apps you’ve allowed to access your account have not been verified by Google.
The email, which is designed to emulate a genuine Google account notification message, urges you to click a link to review the unverified apps and thereby remove risky access to your data.
However, the email is not from Google. It is a phishing scam designed to trick you into giving your email account login credentials to online crooks.
Clicking any of the links in the email opens a fraudulent website that asks for your email address and email account password. The crooks can collect this information and use it to take control of your email account and any linked service.
Phishing scam emails like this are very common and take many forms. Always login to your online accounts via a trusted app or by entering the address into your browser’s address bar.
A screenshot of the scam email:
A screenshot of the scam login website:
Importance NoticeAfter 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 YouI 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 DateHoax-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!