I got an email today from the "Google Search Quality Team" about a problem with one of my websites. Strangely, the email was in German, which my website most certainly is not.
I've been waiting for someone else to mention it here, but I haven't seen anything yet. I have reason to believe it's a fake, but someone clue me in ASAP if this is a real email. The things that point to a spoofed email are:
1. I was able to find a couple of other mentions of such emails going out today (May 9). The consensus seems to be that they're a hoax, even if there's no obvious phishing/malware purpose in sending them.
2. The originating IP address appears to resolve to a an ISP in Spain.
3. The email comes from "DONOTREPLY@gmail.com", whereas legitimate Search Quality emails appear to normally come from "DONOTREPLY@google.com".
4. As of this time, I don't see any change in my google.de rankings, or in the total traffic I'm getting from Google overall.
Anyway, I'm mainly posting in hopes that other people have gotten this email and have confirmed that it's a fake. Anyone? Please?