| 2:59 am on Oct 11, 2005 (gmt 0)|
I think you are right to be VERY suspicious of that e-mail. I have never had Google ask for a copy of my credit card, so this really seems weird.
I suggest that you e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and ask them if this is a legit request.
If you hear back from them that it is NOT really Google asking for this, keep us posted in the forum so that others will be on the alert if this is a scam.
| 3:07 am on Oct 11, 2005 (gmt 0)|
I did call Google and talked to a rep who put me on hold and came back and said it was legit but that the department requesting the copies did not have phone service capabilities to talk to me personally. They have billed this card numerous times without a problem.
I have begun to use virtual account numbers for all of my online transactions. How would you make copies of those credit cards?
| 3:10 am on Oct 11, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Are they asking to have this faxed, emailed or snail mailed?
A scammer would have you send it to a non-google address or fax number.
Even with the account numbers blacked out, there is still important security information present on the card, such as the CID number on the signature line.
| 3:21 am on Oct 11, 2005 (gmt 0)|
<paraphrase>Instructions to photocopy and send the information to Google</paraphrase>
It seems legit I just don'tunderstand the purpose.
[edited by: eWhisper at 4:53 pm (utc) on Oct. 11, 2005]
[edit reason] Please don't copy emails. See TOS. [/edit]
| 3:42 am on Oct 11, 2005 (gmt 0)|
What's the e-mail address they want it sent to? And did you call a number from the e-mail itself, which may have been fake too?
| 3:43 am on Oct 11, 2005 (gmt 0)|
I think that according to WebmasterWorld terms of service, you are not supposed to post text from e-mails
As I said above, be very suspicious, and make sure that you only contact the Real Google through e-mail addresses and phone numbers that they post on their website.
Do not use the e-mail addresses or phone numbers that you received in the suspicious e-mail.