Phishing bait: A "spam and fraudulent verification survey" sent to GMail and Google+ users threatens account termination.
Example: [Collected via Facebook, December 2014]
Sorry you are seeing this.
We are doing a spam and fraudulent verification survey.
Please its very important you participate in this survey to help us serve you better.
[Image link: Click here to help you perform this verification survey.]
The achievement of this survey is to track and shut down fraudulent user and phising domain to help improve and make your mailing system better.
Please If a verification response is not gotten from you in the next 24 hours, we will assume you are a fraulent user and shut down your mail account, till after proper verification recovery before you can access you mail account again.
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Origins: In 2014 the threatening message reproduced above (which closely resembled earlier phishing attempts) was spammed to many Internet users, directed at GMail and Google+ users.
According to the e-mail, users of either service (or both) were required to complete a "spam and fraudulent verification survey" in order to prevent
account deactivation or termination. The message stated recipients were obligated to reply within
There were a number of clues this GMail phishing attempt was not on the level. The structure of the message was sloppy, and its syntax deviated from standard English (e.g., constructs such as "the achievement of this survey is ..." or
"spam and fraudulent verification survey"). Another aspect involved the breadth of the
Users who clicked on the fraudulent GMail or Google+ spam and fraudulent verification survey
Generally, when Google requires verification for its purposes, users are automatically redirected to a page established for that purpose upon login and not (to our knowledge) notified via
Last updated: 28 December 2014