The Gmail database is not congested, and Google is not asking users to confirm that their accounts are still active.
But, it seems that scammers are hoping that you might believe that’s true, according to one of the latest phishing attacks that has been spammed across the net.
Here’s what a typical email looks like:
Subject: De-Activation Alert!
Dear Gmail Account User,
Due to the congestion in our Gmail database, We will be shutting down all unused accounts before on the 30th of June. You will have to re-confirm your account as soon as possible to enable us upgrade your account before the deadline date.
To confirm your account kindly fill the account verification form.
After Following the instructions in the sheet, your account will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. Thanks for your attention to this request.[LINK]
We apologize for any...
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