“Phishing” alert: Gmail users

One of our district employees forwarded to me an e-mail they received that purported to be from the GMail tech support team:

From: Webmail Account Support Team [mailto:csoneworld.express@gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2009 8:15 AM
Subject: Dear Webmail Subscriber

Your Webmail Quota Has Exceeded The Set Quota/Limit Which Is 20GB. Your Are Currently Running On 23GB due to hidden files and folder on your Mailbox.

Please you are to follow the Below information to Validate Your Mailbox And Increase Your Quota.

First Name:
Confirm Password:

Failure to follow this process to Validate Your Quota may result in loss Of important information in your Mailbox/Or Cause Limited Access To It.

Please provide all these information completely and correctly otherwise due to security reasons we may have to close your account temporarily. We have been sending this notice to all our email account owners and this is the last notice/verification exercise.


Take note of the threat to shut off access to the account if the information is not supplied. Once again, the goal is to get you to respond without thinking. Also note the incorrect spelling/grammar and the excessive and improper use of capital letters.

At the risk of repeating myself, no legitimate tech support person should ever ask you for your user name and password.

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