cheeky google

  bendigo 17:31 16 Oct 2009
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I recently got an email from a relative in the u.s.a
the subject being 'name name wants to chat' when I opened the mail, it was a set of links to install 'gmail' and 'google talk'. I immediately contacted my relative to see if he had sent the email and he knew nothing about it. If this is genuinely from google then I consider it to be a rotten way to behave. Has anyone had a similar experience. If it's a phishy thingy who do we tell?

  Sea Urchin 18:10 16 Oct 2009

Yes, it appears that Google does send these "invitations" on behalf of the user without their knowledge.

click here

  bendigo 08:41 17 Oct 2009

sea urchin. thanks for answer, I opened the link but was not quite sure what action I should take to prevent further instances of the intrusion occurring. advice please?

  Technotiger 08:47 17 Oct 2009

If it was me, I would immediately stop using Google Mail!

  Input Overload 09:01 17 Oct 2009

Google mail is free, it's not the end of the world to get such mail. You don't need to be a professor to ignore the links and bin it.

Although some people namely my relatives seem compelled to click on 'You have just won $3 billion click here to claim your reward'. Those that continue to do this sort there own PC's out now.

  Sea Urchin 12:08 17 Oct 2009

>> I opened the link but was not quite sure what action I should take to prevent further instances of the intrusion occurring. advice please? <<

My link was merely to demonstrate that Google DO send these "invitations" using clients address books. Absolutely nothing you can do - but as Technotiger says your relative in the USA could stop using googlemail if they so wished.

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