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Google + Email Scam (Google Plus Email Scam)

Bothered by a constant spam from “Google”

Hi there, I know that I have not been too active on this site due to being busy with other projects.

Although I am still a bit preoccupied right now, I can’t help but write about this constant email spam that I receive almost every week.

The email scam that I received would disguise itself as from Google+ but in actual fact, the email actually usually comes from a dubious or anonymous sender.

You can see how the email looks like below.

Google Plus Email Scam

As you can see, the sender conveniently called him/herself as “Google +”.

If you look carefully, the sender actual email is dina.safita@asyst.co.id, an email that originating from Indonesia.

That alone should raise a red flag for you.

In that email, it is written

 

“Dear Google User:

Attached is your winning notification for your patronage to the Google app and service.

Regards,

Matt Brittin

Google Anniversary Award Center”

 

Now first of all, please do not ever download whatever that is attached in an unknown email or even from somebody you know, even if it looks even remotely suspicious.

This is because there might be some risk attached to the unknown. It could a spyware, malware, unintended cookies, and even worse malicious computer virus.

Usually, my gmail account would immediately mark this email as spam and immediately move this email to the spam section of my email.

Signs to Look For in a malicious email

Once in a while this type of email may escape to my inbox.

Not to worry though. Even if this kind of email infiltrates to your email inbox, there are some signs that you can see and notice by yourself that this kind of email is harmful.

If you are lucky, your email provider may be able to give warning if the email you received could be harmful.

Gmail warning on email

chrome
29/6/2015 , 3:22:41 PM
(no subject) – Gmail – Google Chrome

As you can see from the image above, Gmail has aptly warned me that the above email might contain unsafe content and therefore should be avoided.

However, not all email service provider provides such service.

Signs that you should look for are:

  1. Suspicious email claiming from top internet providers such Google, Google +, Google Android, Yahoo, etc.

  • Big time internet giants do not resort to such tacky tactics.
  • Only scammers do.

2) Either No Subject or Suspicious subject that is too good to be true, such as you just won XXXXX amount, and you need to contact to XXXXX number or email to XXXXX.

  • In return, the email will ask for your contact details, and other sensitive details of yours.
  • Be wary of such announcement on your email as this probably more often than not an attempt to capture your sensitive details such your I.D, security social numbers and your financial details.

If these sensitive details got into the wrong hands, you will be in a lot of trouble and can even be squeezed dry financially.

For goodness sake, who knows what they will do with your sensitive personal details and banking accounts.

3) Asking you to open a link or attachment

  • The attachment may contain harmful elements such as trojan, spyware, malware, virus, etc.

4) Asking for money

If you received such email asking for your hard earned money, delete your email immediately and please do not read further. Their email can be very persuasive up to the point of hypnotizing even.

I have written an example that you can read here.

At the end of the day, it is best to use your own common sense if an email is suspicious or not and to not to let your own greed take over.

So there you have it guys, my short post on this pesky “Google Plus Scam”. I think I will block this email out and I hope it will never come back again.

Stay safe online and see you on my next post 🙂

Dlansing

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I decided to start my own online business so that I can escape the rat race that I am in. Things are really progressing well and it is just a matter of time before I can be finally free from my 9-5 job. With ratracebuster.com, I hope I can help other people to escape or avoid the rat race through learning the online business and other legitimate opportunity in the online world. I will be reviewing products, sharing discussions, and blog about my online business ventures as well.

22 Comments

  1. Hey Dominic,
    Thanks for the great information! We all get these kind of emails but, some how people still open the email and even still click on the links? Every time we write about it, it brings about more awareness.
    With these type of emails always being reported as spam or malicious , why do we still get them? How do you make it stop?

    • Hi Chris, thanks for your comment. If we have already the these kind of emails, the best way is to delete them immediately. If the same mail comes, mark it as spam and block that website. Make sure that we have the anti-spam plugin or software ready in our website such as Akismet. Nevertheless, sometimes a bit harder to contain these spammers as they can get our emails in many ways, and that itself is quite frustrating. The best way is still to be very vigilant and never trust an unknown email right away. It always pays to be extra careful Chris 🙂

  2. Dlansing,

    I always thought that I was the only person with email scams sneaking into my inbox. It’s good to know that it’s not only my email and that it sometimes just happens.

    I was reading another blog post of yours on how people get our email addresses “illegally”. Why can’t these scammers be caught? Isn’t there something, like an IP address or server, that the police can find that pinpoints the location where the email was sent out?

    Thanks for the helpful information!

    • I think it is not that easy to identify scammers I believe. They usually attack people individually which makes the task of catching this conman very difficult. Only if when the case is reported then the relevant authorities will be aware, but by then, the culprit could be long gone, as you can easily hide or vanish your trace online. Unless a large number of money is swindled, it is not really worth the authority’s time to track down the culprit unless the scam happened locally. If it is in international territory, it can be too complicated to solve.

  3. Ever since I was first introduced to the Internet in the 90’s I’ve always been told to watch out for those viruses. Not much has changed.

    Seeing as this is built I so deep I never open emails that seem suspicious or “weird”. But that exact idea is what made it so hard to begin making a profit online.

    I didn’t want to leave my name anywhere or my picture anywhere I was just worried about a scam everywhere.

    It’s good to be fearful of these emails but remember to not let it interfer with business or social media online by not responding to important emails thinking “it’s a scam”. It’s happened, get a good antivirus!

    Thanks for letting us know about this one, never know what someone’s going to come up with next.

    -Richard

    • Yeah, you are right Richard. These pesky scam emails are rampant nowadays and sometimes I feel so fed up with them.

      Luckily, I get to learn about how to avoid these email and internet scams through Wealthy Affiliate and I’m so thankful for it you know.

      Stay safe Richard and all the best!

  4. This is great advice, and something we all need to be aware of so we don’t get scammed. I’ve never gotten the “Google+” bogus email before, but I’ve received hundreds of others from different sources declaring I have one large sums of money in some online sweepstakes; including Microsoft, PayPal and eBay. The list is endless.

    Thanks so much for posting this. You are doing a great job making everyone aware of these scams, and you went into great detail to illustrate what to look out for.

    • Thanks Darren 🙂 Yeah, I’m sure there are a lot more similar kind of scams around. I wrote this specific scam because it was on my gmail. So I can’t help but share about this 🙂

  5. Thank you for the great info and explaining how to deal with the problem. I receive similar emails every now and then and have to admit that they are really annoying. I even suppose some people may fall victims to some sort of scams coming through such emails. We just need to be careful when reading emails or clicking on the links. But it’s good that you bring it to our attention.

    • Hey Rufat, yeah this pesky emails come every now and then. Really annoying me sometimes but this happens. We can never be too careful from this type of scams 🙂

  6. Thanks for the information. I’ve received similar emails too and just delete them. It’s a shame you can’t report them and never receive them again!

    When you run a website you completely try to work against doing anything wrong and ‘upsetting’ google or subscribers but all these scammers get away with it all the time!

    Thanks for highlighting this to more people.

    Sammi

    • Hi Sammi, you are more than welcome. I mean this type of scams are pretty hard to stop if not impossible. So the best I can do is alert this kind of activities and hope that people will be able to read this review and hopefully would not fall for this type of scam.

  7. It is so sad so many of these types of scams are out there to steal the hard earned money people make for a living. Those are very good pointers on what to lookout for in regards to the Google+ email scam. One of the things you mentioned is to look at the email it was sent from. That’s usually the first thing I look at it when I get something in my inbox that says I’ve supposedly won money because if it is a legit email, it will generally come from an email that is more representative of the actually company rather than the dina.safita@ that is instead shown. Thank you for posting this and I will definitely keep an eye out for this particular scam email should it ever come into my inbox.

    • Hi Brian, it is sad indeed to know that there are a lot of email scams out there. Until now, I’m still wondering how did the scammers got my email. Anyway, I have since learned a lot after the painful experience of being scam in 2014. I see many traits of a typical scam and I feel that it is my duty to at least share my experience, what I’ve learned and hopefully to help people to steer away from potentially fall into a scam 🙂

  8. Thanks for sharing this information. I do get these spam emails now and then. Occasionally, I do open up these mails out of curiosity or deleted it immediately if I find it to be suspicious. It is good that you highlighted those Signs to Look For in a malicious email and hope that more people are aware and not to fall into their trap.

    • Hi Wesley, if you suspect that an email is a scam, you better off deleting the suspected email out to be honest. There are just too many risk involved with this type of email. From virus, to malaware, to illegal phishing for emails and personal data. It is not recommended to take risk on this matter.

  9. What if I already gave my personal information and they said they already have sent me the parcel of prize I’ll be receiving? Please, help me with this one, sir. Please advice me what’s best action for me to do so that they can’t successfully have the money that they want to steal from me. Please, I really need your help and advice. A response will be highly appreciated and I’ll be forever thankful to you, sir.

    • Hi Kris, that sounds very serious indeed. If I am in your situation, this is what I would do:

      1) If you provided your bank account details, immediately report to your bank, changed passwords and better still close your account and open a new one.
      2) If you provided your credit card details, immediately call your credit card provider to cancel or disapproved any transaction without your prior approval. After that, it is highly recommended that you cancel your credit card, and open a new one if needed.
      3) If those scammers call you again, just ignore them, or change to a new contact number. You can also report to the police if it really bothers you.

      I hope this helps Kris.

  10. Hello, you are absolutely right, email spammers can be really irritating. It’s actually really believable when they present themselves as big brands, such as Google in this case. You’ve made some really good points here. People should be aware of those red flags you mentioned here.

    Keep up the good work!

    • Hi Julius, yeah I have highlighted quite a few signs of red flags here. I believe that there are pretty obvious once you know the signs. Thanks for commenting my friend 🙂

  11. Hi,

    Great article, everyone should read this post. You go into detail on email scams and what to look out for. Scam is everywhere nowadays and even big corporation such as Google, Yahoo. etc., also become victims themselves. It is necessary that we arm ourselves with the knowledge and awareness to make sure that we don’t fall to type of dubious and malicious scams.

    Thanks a lot Dominic for this information and I’m sure others will benefit from this.

    Tim

    • Hi Tim, I appreciate your kind comment a lot. Hey, I’m just doing my part here and if I can help other people from such scam, my job is complete here :-

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