I was surprised to get this email this morning.
- ‘Important information’ in the subject-line? Check.
- No mention of my name, just a generic user-title? Check.
- Poorly-defined threats of accounts being disabled if I don’t take action? Check.
- Pleonastic not-quite-English jargon phrases like ‘confirm your home address where you reside’? Check.
- Links to make it oh-so-easy to log in to my account and fix the supposed problem? Check.
It all looks far too much like a phishing scam, and the semi-educated user who has been told to steer clear of these things will probably see it as such. The sad thing is, though, that this appears to be a genuine Google email: the links actually go to Google domains, rather than to the too-obvious-to-my-mind made-up domains of phishing scams.