My parents just received an email from Gmail:
From: Gmail Team [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 14 September 2014 04:25 PM
To: MyParents@gmail.com MyParents@gmail.com
Subject: Your Gmail address, MyParents51@gmail.com, has been created
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This looks like a bona fide email from Gmail in response to a new, duplicate email that looks just like my parents' email address - except for the "51" on the end.
Clearly someone is up to no good here - but what is the threat? Has anyone seen this pattern before?
Some more background here: about a year ago my their Gmail account password was stolen and an attempt was made (thankfully thwarted) to get their bank manager to transfer all their funds into some unknown account. I since got them to change their password to something more secure, though I admittedly did not exclude the possibility of a keylogger on their computer. Could the two incidents be connected?