This happened with me 5 minutes ago, as I just opened my GMail mailbox, I had a mail telling me about how my mailbox shall be terminated if I don’t visit the Verification website. Fortunately, I read the URL and it didn’t seem right.
This got me going, I copied the URL and visited the page on Flock (thats my browser), and here’s a snapshot on how well Flock detected it. Then I used the same URL on Internet Explorer 7, the phishing filter didn’t give any warning even when i tried a false sign in! So much for security, but the scary thing is the web page which is amazingly authentic.
The smart asses down there have made all links point to GMail pages except for the Sign In button! Have a look at the mail contents below:
Last Warning to Prevent the Termination of your Gmail Account by updating your Account Information Inbox
7:08 pm (2½ hours ago)
Dear Gmail Member,
During our regularly scheduled account maintenance and verification procedure, we have detected a slight error in your information.
This might be due to either of the following reasons:
1. A recent change in your personal information (i.e. change of address).
2. Submitting invalid information during the initial sign up process.
3. An inability to accurately verify your selected option of subscription due to an internal error within our processors.
Please update and verify your information by clicking the link below:
If your account information is not updated within 72 hours then your ability to use your Gmail account will become restricted.
Google Mail Administrator
Please do not reply to this e-mail. If you have general questions regarding your account, please click Help in the upper right corner for the GMail comprehensive online help.
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Here’s how both MS IE 7 and Flock behaved(or say didn’t)
By the way, I did report the Phishing to Microsoft…