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Checking the email header info... it looks like the email MIGHT be legitimate - received from... blah,blah,blah, (spaceape9.eur.corp.google.com [172.28.16.143])
Bottom-line, they want to conduct about an hour-long telephone interview while simultaneously being connected to my computer & my AdSense account... they said it would only take a few minutes for them to establish temporary connection with my computer... which certainly sounds as cause for security/privacy concern to me!
Just a sounding of the alarm in case it's someone trying to run a scam... But, even if it is real, do I want to allow Google to access my computer in such a manner?
Here's the IP address look-up Results (not conclusive)
IP address: 172.28.16.143
Reverse DNS: [No reverse DNS entry per prisoner.iana.org.]
Reverse DNS authenticity: [Unknown]
ASN Name: REALCONNECT-01
IP range connectivity: 1
Registrar (per ASN): ARIN
Country (per IP registrar): *I [[Private IP]]
Country Currency: Unknown
Country IP Range: 172.16.0.0 to 172.31.255.255
Country fraud profile: Normal
City (per outside source): Unknown
Country (per outside source): -- 
Private (internal) IP? Yes
IP address registrar: whois.arin.net
Known Proxy? No
[edited by: alwaysthinking at 3:35 am (utc) on April 18, 2007]
Anyway, until I learn otherwise, I'm treating this as a scam & advise other webmasterworld members to be on the look-out for similar such emails.
Perhaps it's a poorly worded seminar type thing with interactivity? Or are we just supposed to fall in line and trust whatever the big G says. At this point, it's just filed away and I'm not responding. Maybe they'll try again in another way if everyone ignores it.
Good luck, we're staying clear.
I've spoken to our product and user experience teams and they wanted to confirm that these invitations are legitimate.
The reason the team asks to connect to your AdSense account is that they want users to walk them through their websites and accounts so that they can observe what publishers do on a day-to-day basis.
Still, we certainly appreciate your caution before allowing anyone else to access your AdSense account. It's always smart to double-check messages like these, as you all know.
Hope that clears things up,