The following email showed up in my inbox today:
The sender’s address was Google AdWords <firstname.lastname@example.org>. At first I was a little concerned, but then I read the email carefully. There were two things that struck me:
- I don’t use Google AdWords
- Just take a look at the grammar
There’s a hyperlink in the email that I’m sure will take me to a Google AdWords look-alike site if I were to click on it, but I’m not clicking on the link (and caution you against clicking on it too if you should receive such an email).
I tried reporting the phishing scam to Google using their suspicious email report form but received the following email auto response within minutes of submitting the report:
We understand the urgent nature of your message and recommend that you
visit the Gmail Privacy & Security Help Center at
https://mail.google.com/support/bin/topic.py?topic=12784 for immediate
If you’d like to report a Gmail user who has sent messages that violate
We’ll investigate your report and may send a warning or discontinue Gmail
service for users who violate our policies.
If your issue is not related to abuse, please visit our Help Center at
http://mail.google.com/support/ or click ‘Help’ at the top of any Gmail
page for troubleshooting tips.
The Google Team
This message was sent from a notification-only email address that does not
accept incoming email. Please do not reply to this message.
The response was a little disappointing since I’m not reporting Gmail abuse. Unfortunately, I didn’t want to spend the day going around in circles trying to report this phishing attempt, so it went unreported except for what I’m reporting here.