Google recently announced that it will delete inactive accounts starting in December 2023. This is a good security measure to help prevent unauthorized access to accounts, but it also creates an opportunity for cybercriminals to launch phishing scams.
In the coming months, we expect to see an increase in phishing emails that claim your Google account will be deleted unless you take immediate action. These emails may look like they are from Google, but they will be fake. The scammers will try to trick you into clicking on a link or providing your login credentials.
Here are some tips to help you avoid falling victim to these scams:
- When you receive an email claiming that your account will be deleted, take a moment to consider whether you still use that account and whether the email is legitimate.
- Don’t click on links in emails from unknown senders. Instead, go directly to Google’s website to check your account status.
- Be suspicious of emails that demand immediate action. Legitimate companies will not typically ask you to act immediately, especially if it involves sensitive information like your login credentials. Always think before you click.
- Look for misspellings and grammatical errors in the email. Phishing emails are often poorly written, which can be a red flag.
- If you’re unsure if an email is legitimate, contact Google directly. You can do this by visiting their website or calling their customer support number.
By following these tips, you can help protect yourself from phishing scams. If you think you may have fallen victim to a scam, you should immediately change your Google password and contact Google’s customer support.
Here are some additional tips to help you stay safe online:
- Use strong passwords and keep them updated regularly.
- Enable two-factor authentication for your online accounts.
- Be careful about what information you share online.
- Only download apps from reputable sources.
- Keep your software up to date.
- Be suspicious of any unsolicited emails or calls.
By following these tips, you can help protect yourself from cybercrime.
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