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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?
In Germany almost every webmaster has got one of those mails. They have been sent by using servers all over the world, the IP is not within Googles IP-range and the last sentence says that you'll find "a webmastertool" as attachement(!) which will easily allow you to file a reinclusion request after you fixed the mentioned problems with your site (a 301-Redirect!)...
Probably an attack with trojans or viruses, but obviously the attachement was simply forgotten or whatever...
[edited by: Pancho at 10:31 am (utc) on May 10, 2007]
And on the bright side, I discovered a minor canonical problem that was easily fixed (my server was treating ns.domain.com as identical to www.domain.com, and Google had somehow found a few of those pages).
[edited by: zCat at 4:41 pm (utc) on May 10, 2007]