Have a Google or Gmail account? Watch out for scam emails posing as messages from Google. They may look like official notices about your account, but they carry malware. The same will apply to Hotmail, Yahoo, and other email users also.
How the Scam Works:
You receive an email that appears to be a message about your Google or Gmail account. One version of this scam informs you that “You have exceeded your email limit quota.” Another tells you that “you have a deferred email.” The text is hyperlinked in both, implying that you should click for more information. Don’t do it!
Clicking on the link will download malware to your computer. Once on your machine, it can hunt through your files for personal and banking information. This opens you up to the possibility of ID theft. We advise not clicking on ANY links in an email unless you are 100% sure and confident that you know the sender of the email.
These scam emails are particularly tricky because they look so real. They have details like Google’s address in the footer. One version actually has a link to “unsubscribe” and “change my notification settings.” Be sure not to click these links because they also may contain malware.
How to Spot a Scam Email: