Inboxes are currently being hit by emails that claim that “someone has your password”.
The emails, which have the word “google” in the sender field, warn that access to your account will be suspended if you do not reply within 24 hours.
However, the emails are certainly not from Google and the claim that your email account will be suspended if you don’t reply is a lie.
In fact, the emails are crude phishing scams designed to trick vulnerable users into sending their account login credentials and other sensitive personal information to online criminals.
Here’s an example of one of the scam emails:
From: g o o g l e
Subject: Someone has your password
It is required that you reply within the next 24 hours, We will suspend access to your account if we don’t recieve your reply with in the given time frame, We would appreciate your immediate attention to this matter
If you reply as instructed, you will likely receive a follow-up message that asks you to send your password as a means of verifying your account. The email may also ask for other identifying personal information, ostensibly as part of an account validation process.
If you comply by sending the requested information, the criminals can then use your credentials to hijack your email account and any other linked services that use the same login.
Moreover, once the criminals have you on the hook, they may send further messages that demand that you hand over even more of your personal and financial information. The criminals may use this information to steal your identity.
Keep in mind that no legitimate email service provider will ever ask you to send sensitive information such as account passwords by replying to an email. Any such request should be treated with immediate suspicion.
If you receive one of these emails, do not reply and do not open any links or attachments that it may contain.
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!