Security Warning email from Google

Yesterday I received a “Security Warning” email supposedly from Google and I must say that if I didn’t know better, I would have been the next victim of this phishing scam.

Here’s a copy of the email.

from GoogleTeam <>
date Sat, Jul 26, 2008 at 12:33 PM
subject Security Warning

Your account has been randomly flagged in our system as a part of our routine security measures. This is a must to ensure that only you have acces and use of your Google account and to ensure a safe Gmail experience. We require all flagged accounts to verify their information on file with us.

This is the right link for edit account page

After you verify your information, your account shall be returned to good standing and you will continue to have full use of your account. Please note that if you don’t verify your ownership of account in 2 x 24 hours we will suspend your Google account.


The Gmail Team

Note that the sender of the mail is — a nice ploy used by these phishers but take note that there are mail-sending programs now that can mask the original email address of the sender and can show a different one just like in the example above.

One giveaway that this email is fake is the link to the “edit account page” which goes to (FAKE SITE! DON’T VISIT!)

If Google really wants us to edit our account, we would be directed to a domain, not a dubious site such as

If you checked on the link (which I advise you not to), you’ll see a site that looks like an official Google page. However, asking for your Google Account password is definitely not so Google and that ultimately led me to believe that this is a phishing email. Official websites WILL NOT normally ask you to give them your password. That is just plain, old phishing scam.

What is phishing?

Phishing is a type of deception designed to steal one’s personal data such as credit card numbers, passwords, account login information, etc. The phishing email usually looks like an official letter from a trusted source, such as a bank, credit card company, payment processor, or online merchant. Phishing emails normally direct recipients to a fraudulent website where they are asked to provide personal information. This information is then used for identity theft.

Other examples of spoof emails in the past are in our Phishing Emails collection.

7 thoughts on “Security Warning email from Google”

  1. This domain is not on our server please, see the who is:
    Domain Name: AC-GOOGLE.COM
    Registrar: WILD WEST DOMAINS, INC.
    Whois Server:
    Referral URL:
    Status: clientDeleteProhibited
    Status: clientRenewProhibited
    Status: clientTransferProhibited
    Status: clientUpdateProhibited
    Updated Date: 28-jul-2008
    Creation Date: 24-jul-2008
    Expiration Date: 24-jul-2009

  2. Registrar: WILD WEST DOMAINS, INC.
    Status: clientRenewProhibited
    Dates: Created 24-jul-2008 Updated 26-jul-2008 Expires 24-jul-2009

    I was referred to; I’m looking it up there.

    The data contained in this Registrar’s Whois database,
    while believed by the registrar to be reliable, is provided “as is”
    with no guarantee or warranties regarding its accuracy. This information
    is provided for the sole purpose of assisting you in obtaining
    information about domain name registration records. Any use of
    this data for any other purpose is expressly forbidden without
    the prior written permission of this registrar. By submitting an
    inquiry, you agree to these terms of usage and limitations of warranty.
    In particular, you agree not to use this data to allow, enable, or
    otherwise make possible, dissemination or collection of this data, in
    part or in its entirety, for any purpose, such as the transmission of
    unsolicited advertising and solicitations of any kind, including spam.
    You further agree not to use this data to enable high volume, automated
    or robotic electronic processes designed to collect or compile this data
    for any purpose, including mining this data for your own personal or
    commercial purposes.

    Please note: the owner of the domain name is specified in the “registrant” field.
    In most cases, the Registrar is not the owner of domain names listed in this database.
    found this info about the

    gary bennett
    residencial motor grande 24 27 vivendas
    puerto rico, Las Palmas 35130

    Registered through: Cheap Domain Names
    Domain Name: AC-GOOGLE.COM
    Created on: 24-Jul-08
    Expires on: 25-Jul-09
    Last Updated on: 26-Jul-08

    Administrative Contact:
    bennett, gary **********
    residencial motor grande 24 27 vivendas
    puerto rico, Las Palmas 35130
    +34 928153147 Fax —

    Technical Contact:
    bennett, gary **********
    residencial motor grande 24 27 vivendas
    puerto rico, Las Palmas 35130
    +34 928153147 Fax —

    Domain servers in listed order:

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