Re: Is this a scam?
Is it an e-mail or a Windows message? How are you accessing Gmail? Is it via the browser, using 'Outlook' or by using the 'Windows 'Mail' app?
I don't use those methods but to put your problem to the test, I opened the Windows 10 'Mail' app and set up my Gmail account in it. I got this Windows message. Is this what yours looks like?
If so, this is not an e-mail. It is the Mail app saying that it needs those permissions to work and you'd have to allow them. I guess Mailbird (the program I use) just gets on and does that without asking.
I found that I couldn't set up my Gmail account using the Windows Mail App unless I gave it these permissions. This is not to say that the actions are going to be done automatically
by Windows. It's only that you
can do the things via the app if you want to and that the app has your permission to handle them.
I wonder though, why Windows is only giving this message now when you have been accessing Gmail in the same way for a good while. It could be after an update I suppose. This thread on Microsoft Answers might also throw some light on the message.
Importantly though, is that message an e-mail in the form you'd expect it to be ..or is it that Windows message?