Today morning as I was scrawling through my Gmail box, I got stunned for a moment…after reading that my Gmail account will be suspended ! Then I calm down myself after realizing that it was just fresh Phishing attempt to hook Gmail accounts. Generally Gmail filters out such emails and it is been long time, I have seen such emails in my inbox. So I was taken back for a moment due to this instant human reaction tendency which is fueling these phishing scams.
The email had the incoming address as ’firstname.lastname@example.org’ and name as “Gmail”. So when you look at the mail, it exactly appear as if it is from Gmail team itself. Further is the content of the email which can easily put any normal person into panic mode. Here is the exact content, word by word and in the same style,
Due to the congestion in our servers, We have come to realize that your account information on our database system are out of date, as a result of that we require you to verify your Information. Failure to verify your information will result in account suspension. If you are still interested in using our email service, Please click the reply button and fill the below spaces as requested. Learn more
Note: As part of our security measures, your account will not be interrupted and your email service will continue to work as normal.
Thank you for using Gmail !
The Gmail Team
The email is very well written with a psychological fitness to alter reader’s mind and force anyone to divulge his/her account secrets.
This kind of phishing scams are not new but they have become rare as more people are getting aware of it and our email filter systems have improved to catch such emails. But there are enough newcomers especially home users who are not so tech-savvy to understand the real intention behind such a scam and fall prey to the traps by giving away their account information just to lose it all.
Well, here one might just lose his email account (unless it is major one filled with CC or other finance related info), there are more severe cases where in people have given away their bank accounts to the attacker.
Due to psychological aspect of these smart phishing emails,users have been always advised not to trust their first reaction but to consult a knowledgeable person before giving away their secrets to stranger.