The latest Phishing scam hits Google Gmail. This email, which claims to be from “Google Support” warns the recipient that their Gmail account will be suspended within 24 hours “for security reasons” unless he or she confirms that the account is still active by replying to the email with account details.
The message is not from Google. It is a phishing scam designed to steal the recipient’s Gmail login details. If a recipient replies with the requested information, the scammer can then hijack the Gmail account and use it for further criminal activities.
If a recipient falls for the trick and sends the requested details, the criminals behind the scam will then be able to hijack their victim’s Gmail account and use it for their own nefarious purposes. Typically, these criminals use such hijacked accounts to launch further scams designed to trick contacts of the victim into sending them money. Once they have gained access to the hijacked account, the scammers will then send emails to all of the people on the account’s contact list. These emails will falsely claim that the account holder is in a very difficult situation and desperately needs financial assistance.
This also applies to other email services such as; Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.