CIB warns of Gmail fake no­ti­fi­ca­tion scam lur­ing ne­ti­zens to phish­ing sites

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Gmail users are ad­vised to be on the alert for fake no­ti­fi­ca­tions that in­form them of sus­pi­cious lo­gin at­tempts as they could be part of a fraud­u­lent scheme launched by cy­ber­crim­i­nals to lure users to phish­ing sites, the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Bureau (CIB, ) has an­nounced.

The CIB said in a state­ment that it has re­cently re­ceived nu­mer­ous re­ports that many peo­ple have re­ceived emails to their Gmail ac- counts claim­ing some­one from a spe­cific IP has tried to log in to their ac­count but the at­tempts were pre­vented.

The email then asks ac­count users to re­set their pass­words by click­ing a link pro­vided in the email, the CIB said.

The CIB warns Gmail users that such fake no­ti­fi­ca­tions that in­form them of sus­pi­cious ac­count ac­tiv­ity may be be­ing sent out by cy­ber­crim­i­nals to lure users to phish­ing sites.

Such emails could be con­fus­ing to users be­cause Google ac­tu­ally sends users such emails in cases where sus­pi­cious log-in at­tempts are de­tected.

The CIB ad­vised Gmail users to check with Google at the fol­low­ing ad­dress, https://sup­port. google. com/ ac­counts/ an­swer/ 6063333?hl=zh-Hant to check the au­then­tic­ity of such email alerts.

It also urged those with re­lated ques­tions to call the Na­tional Po­lice Agency’s 165 hot­line for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on such scams.

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