Got a Gmail Account? New Sign-in From Unknown Location Is Not What You Think
How The Gmail New Sign-in Scam Works:
If you have a Gmail account be careful about the multitude of scams going around these days. Giving away your Google credentials is extremely dangerous especially since Google owns many other websites that may require the same log-ins, such as YouTube, Android, etc. The latest scam making its rounds is the Gmail New Sign-in From Unknown Location. How does the scam work and what to do about it?
Watch the video below to see the Gmail Sign-in Scam exposed:
You receive an email coming apparently from Google – see pic above – with the title subject: "New Sign-in From Unknown Location".
The trick is, the message comes with your name on it (pulled out by scammers according to how your email address is created (maybe email@example.com?) . The email informs that you or someone else tried to log-in from a new geographical zone and attempted to terminate the account.
Scammers know that the email recipients – not recognizing the activity – will try to log in. The email provides a "Continue with verification" button, which leads to fake log-in page.
The victim lands on this fake Google website which naturally requires them to log in by providing the email address and password. Once giving the crooks that information, they can rest assured that their accounts will be hacked.
How to Avoid the Gmail New Sign-In Scam:
This fake Google email has a few red flags. If you look at the main image of this article or the text within the email, you can notice a few grammar mistakes. One example is: "We received a message from either you or someone else to terminate you account". Then there is a space between the email address listed and the period at the end of the sentence.
The most important thing is to look for is the domain name that shows up in your browser (see pic above). Although you may see the "accounts.google" reference somewhere in there, if there is extra text before "https" then the domain definitely doesn't belong to Google.
Do not click on the link provided. The best thing to do in this case is to log into your account straight from the Google website.
How to Report the Gmail New Sign-in Scam:
Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to Google using the link below:
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