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On a seperate note CitBank has virtual account numbers. Where you can issue your own number, experation and dollar amounts. If I were using this option how could one make copies.
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.
I have begun to use virtual account numbers for all of my online transactions. How would you make copies of those credit cards?
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.
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.