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16-11-2019, 07:04 PM
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Is this a scam?

Just logged in to read my email - which is currently with 'Googlemail.com' - and received this pop-up message :-

Windows wants to access your Google Account

This will allow Windows to:

Read, compose, send and permanently delete all your email from Gmail

See, edit, download and permanently delete your contacts

See, edit, share and permanently delete all the calendars that you can access using Google Calendar
Are they serious? Should I do anything about it?
Email seems to be coming/going OK - so far.
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16-11-2019, 08:07 PM
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Unless any of the above really bother you, I would leave well alone, tabs.
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16-11-2019, 08:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Silver Tabby ->
Just logged in to read my email - which is currently with 'Googlemail.com' - and received this pop-up message :-



Are they serious? Should I do anything about it?
Email seems to be coming/going OK - so far.
Scam?! Sounds more like a windup. Most strange.

What's the sender's email address? It's not an email as such but a pop-up.
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16-11-2019, 09:26 PM
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If in doubt kick it out, I would just remove the email if you are happy with what you are doing. It is all about deleting and That is what you should do with this.
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16-11-2019, 09:33 PM
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Yep, kick it into the long grass Tabby, unless I know where it's from and whom, It gets deleted immediately......
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16-11-2019, 10:11 PM
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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.

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...9-f9afbd902dc1

Importantly though, is that message an e-mail in the form you'd expect it to be ..or is it that Windows message?
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16-11-2019, 10:34 PM
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Yes now you mention it Mart I had such a message when I set up google chrome and gmail on windows 10. I didn't want to use the windows browser or mail service so I did not accept it.
It wants you to use the windows system as your default browser and email.
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16-11-2019, 10:40 PM
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Originally Posted by mart ->
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.

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...9-f9afbd902dc1

Importantly though, is that message an e-mail in the form you'd expect it to be ..or is it that Windows message?

That is exactly the pop-up I have received, mart. Now I am not receiving emails - just sent one to myself to test it.
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16-11-2019, 10:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Silver Tabby ->
That is exactly the pop-up I have received, mart. Now I am not receiving emails - just sent one to myself to test it.
Did you accept the message Tabby?
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16-11-2019, 10:50 PM
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Originally Posted by OldGreyFox ->
Did you accept the message Tabby?
I checked the link Mart gave, and also looked at Microsoft website - yes, I have accepted the link - and my test email has now appeared. Will run a virus check - just in case - and keep a close eye on things.


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