This email, which appears to have been sent by Google Photos, claims that new photos have been added to your album.
Clicking a button in the email supposedly allows you to view your albums.
However, Google did not send the email and clicking does not open your Google Photos account.
Instead, the links in the email open one of a number of scam websites that try to trick you into submitting your name and contact details via a site registration form. Supposedly, by registering on the site, you can get a chance to win prizes or receive free products or offers.
However, all of the information you provide will be shared with dodgy marketing companies who will later flood you with unwanted promotional phone calls, text messages, and emails touting a variety of suspect products and services.
In some cases, the sites may offer a “free” product but ask you to supply your credit card details, ostensibly to cover a small delivery fee.
Companies and services that try to promote themselves by sending out deceptive emails like the one below should not be trusted with any of your personal or financial information.
Note also that scam emails similar to the one discussed here are often used to trick people into entering their email account login details on a fake website.
If you receive one of these bogus Google Photo emails, just delete it. It is always safer to access your online accounts by entering the address into your browser or via a trusted app.
A screenshot of the scam email:
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!