A new phishing scam method targets gullible Android developers through a simple “Terms Violation” email. The said scam delivers a false warning message to developers email inbox, in an attempt to convince them to click on certain link/s that will forward the owner of the email account to a false “Google Play Developer Console” page.
We recommend to all developers whose account has been targeted with such emails, to carefully check the sender’s email address before clicking any content links. In case you do click on one of those links, please do not insert/type any information asked: like your personal bank account, home address, or your password.
Google Inc issued a public statement in regards of this potentially harmful scam:
We are aware that some Google Play developers have received policy warnings from a fake Google account. The subject lines of the fraudulent emails include variations of “3-Day Notification of Google Play Developer Term Violation.” If you received an email with this subject line, please mark it as phishing and proceed to delete it without clicking on any links contained within it. Find out more about recognizing phishing emails here:https://support.google.com/acc
If you use Gmail, please report all phishing attempts by following these instructions: https://support.google.com/acc
As a general reminder, you should only enter your Google account password on the official Google sign-in page:https://accounts.google.com/. Also note that the official URL for the Google Play Developer Console ishttps://play.google.com/apps/p
If you believe your account has been compromised, please follow these instructions: https://support.google.com/mai
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You have received this mandatory email service announcement to update you about important information relating to your Google Play account.
Beware!!! Always doublecheck the sender email address!!