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Gmail Email Scam Tricks Users Into Thinking They Reached Their Storage Capacity

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A new warning about a bogus email that could steal your password.

Scammers send you an email that looks like it's from Gmail, and trick you into clicking on a link that sends you to a bogus page. The email claims you'll be locked out if you don't adjust your storage capacity.

It's so sophisticated, internet filters may not detect it.

Aaron Thames has had his Gmail account for 6 years. He admits he doesn't delete much.

"I have like a lot of things linked to my Gmail so it's also kind of scary that I would receive that email, because I think me personally I would go, well what do I need to do to keep my Gmail. And not knowing about the situation I would go along with it and be tricked at the same time."

Computer expert Kevin Hodges at USC Upstate says the scammers can take over your account and mine it for personal information like where you bank.

"It frightens you to take action. When you click the link in there, the link looks like a Google page, it's not. It's a fake page that asks for your user name and password. If you enter it in, they've got it," said Hodges.

2 key pieces of information will help you avoid this scam:

1. Big email providers like Google and Yahoo will never lock your account for a storage reason.

2. It's next to impossible to actually meet that storage limit. And you can check by scrolling down to the bottom of each page in your inbox.

Anti-virus programs may not help. The scammers have found a clever way to go undetected by avoiding requesting a lot of graphics on the bogus page.

"It skips phishing and certain spy filters by not making multiple requests, it makes a single HTML request that includes all the data in the address, so when it does that it bypasses a lot of filters."

His expert advice: never click on a link in an email, always go to that site directly.

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