Taiwan CIB warns of Gmail fake notification scam

Taiwan CIB warns of Gmail fake notification scam

TAIPEI, Taiwan - 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 accounts 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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