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posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 04:12 AM
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OK, I go check my G-Mail account a while ago
and when I try to log-in, I got a message that
read:


Account temporarily disabled
To immediately restore access to your account,
enter your mobile phone number below, and we'll send
you a text message with a verification code.
Verification Options
Text Message
Google will send a text message containing a verification
code to your mobile phone.
Country
Mobile phone company
Mobile phone number
Phone number
If you're having trouble verifying your account, please report your issue.

If you are unable to restore your account using a mobile phone, you can
also contact support for further assistance.


Is this not a privacy concern when a mail host
wants or requires you to give them your cell phone number???

well I wasn't about to give them a number as it's none
of their f'ng business.

So I click on the other link to contact them and got this message:


My account is disabled

Please summarize what happened when your account became disabled
so we can investigate. We'll follow up with you only if we require more
information or we have additional information to share.
Fields in bold are required.

Email address of the disabled Google Account
Do you currently have access to the email address that you use to sign
in to your account? Yes No
An email address we can use to contact you
Describe what happened when your account became disabled


Those bells started going off again when they wanted
another e-mail to make contact. It appears as though
they want to know who you are.

Does anybody else but me find this rather intrusive to
require either a cell phone number or another e-mail
account to use their service???

So I type into a google search engine "gmail disabled"
and the results displayed but guess what??
It showed me logged in at the top of the google bar
and even showed my e-mail address, the one that
was disabled. How can my account be disabled,
yet I'm logged in .... but still can't read my mail???

Now, I got 3 different warning bells going off.

If Google is gonna treat their g-mail users
this way by invading their privacy by forcing
them to give out their cell numbers, other
e-mail accounts then I will not use them anymore.

I also had lots of people show up in the
search results that had this very same issue
and having their accounts disabled as well.

Is anybody else having this issue currently
or in the past and can I get it resolved
without giving away my private personal
information??? If so please share
the wealth. Thanks




posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 04:21 AM
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here's a similar story from the search
results

getsatisfaction.com...



posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 04:26 AM
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reply to post by boondock-saint
 


Checked my gmail account this morning and no problems but I will check again shortly and let you know!
Hope you manage to sort this out!



posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 04:31 AM
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Try this trick, go to Igoogle homepage (just google Igoogle and it'll get you there). Once on that page choose add a gadget and than pick the gmail gagdget on the gadget page. This is usually responding to your already logged in status, so add it to the Igoogle page...

If the above is working than it's simply a google error you are dealing with...If not than I would write a complaint if I were you. (And than I mean write as in old fashioned letter)... Here's the address...

1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043
Phone: +1 650-253-0000
Fax: +1 650-253-0001

Good luck...I hope you can solve it...

(ps I don't know if you have "registered mail" there (mail the receiptant has to sign for) but if you do I'd advice you to use it in case you need prove of it later)



posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 04:32 AM
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reply to post by boondock-saint
 


Have you let your account sit idle for more than a couple of weeks? After I saw your thread I decided to check my own Gmail account (which I haven't accessed for probably a month or so), and I was able to log in just fine.

However, when I was checking my inbox, a message was above it saying "this is important" and was asking me to confirm that the alternate e-mail I gave them when I signed up was still valid. I was able to either click on the button to confirm, or there was another button if I needed to update it.

I'm wondering if you had such a notice at some point and never responded to it. Maybe it eventually disables your account until you sort of "re-confirm" it. Don't know, just a thought.



posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 04:34 AM
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Just checked and I can log in no problem!

Hope you come right and have a good weekend!



posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 04:36 AM
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By the way, there was no mention of any cell phone numbers or any other info at all other than verifying the same e-mail I gave them when I signed up.

I'm also wondering if by chance it's some sort of hoax. I had that happen on Twitter one time, where I went to the home site and the main page looked a little different than usual, but the same color scheme and fonts. Turns out it was a fake page pretending to be Twitter, and I had mis-typed something in the toolbar. Luckily I noticed it looked a little funny before I logged in and never put my info into there.



posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 04:36 AM
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I believe google now requires your cellphne number when you create an google/gmail account, and sending you an SMS is one of the ways they verify your identity.

To be honest, I wish Yahoo did the same thing, because several years ago some chinese hacker brute forced my account password, and changed all of my profile info to suit him, and my security questions etc. And to this day yahoo refuses to give the account back to me, because I cannot prove that I am the rightful owner :\



posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 04:51 AM
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This exact same thing happened to me a few months ago. I tried logging in and they requested my phone number so they could text me.

I tried every way to get around it but the only option that looked like it was going to be viable was to give them my number.

Luckily it was a secondary account that I only used for random things so I just decided to let it go and not risk giving out my number to people I do not trust.

The last thing I need is someone like google giving out my phone number to random companies or who knows what.

It is suspicious to say the least.



posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 05:36 AM
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oh the beauty of metro pcs.

they dont verify contact info, so the number is only tied to whoever you put on the form.

Joe Schmo has a lot of phones....


same with pre-paids....for now...



posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 05:39 AM
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Its a phishing scam to get information from you.

It did not come from google it came from Nigeria.

Never use links provided by the email but go directly to google.

The first clue was that your GMail account worked fine.



posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 05:39 AM
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Just get a free PAYG sim and use that for all stuff like that. Register it under an alias and they cant find out who you are.



posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 06:06 AM
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reply to post by boondock-saint
 


Hmmm sounds a little weird if not spooky (they are watching us!!!)
Thanks for sharing, I was considering getting a g-mail, because it´s so handy in many ways - but maybe now I will reconsider :-)



posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 07:29 AM
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eBay is trying the same trick where they want your phone number or bank details before they will let you contact other members.

Google and eBay are one and the same just like YouTube and share information and i happen to know eBay is watching your hotmail accounts when you log in and they know who you are if you have ever logged in before with a eBay cookie or new flash cookie on your machine and deleting cookies later will not save you.

Giving ebay your bank details is just asking for trouble and if Google does not clean up it's act then its share price will go the same way as ebays.

Comes to something when you have to fight for a little privacy and it's about time the public was given laws to protect them from this spying.



posted on Jun, 5 2010 @ 12:34 PM
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well my account is still disabled
and I refuse to give them my phone number
or another e-mail for them to use any way
they want.

G-Mail cam kiss my @$$.

The reason I got that mail account
is to remain anonymous and have
a lil privacy and now that is gone.

Is there another web based e-mail
that I can sign up for an account
where I'm not totally exposed to
big brother looking over my shoulder??
Any help would be appreciated


As G-Mail just lost all credibility
and my trust for any privacy.



posted on Jun, 5 2010 @ 12:37 PM
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Originally posted by ANNED
Its a phishing scam to get information from you.

It did not come from google it came from Nigeria.

Never use links provided by the email but go directly to google.

The first clue was that your GMail account worked fine.


I did go directly to google.
I used the same bookmark
I have used for 3 years
and it also had the SSL
they normally use.

This is not a scam from Nigeria.
This is a privacy invasion by
google itself.



posted on Jun, 5 2010 @ 12:39 PM
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I don't use gmail, but a lot of sites are using this technique lately.

If you've made a posting on craigslist you've had to provide your cell number, they send you a text and you "confirm your identity" by entering the code they send.

I personally think its a great idea, I guess it just depends on the types of sites its implemented on. But it does go a long way in deterring fraud and spam.



posted on Jun, 5 2010 @ 12:39 PM
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Maybe, they
wanted to verify
who you are, because
you, might have
responded to
your
e-mails
like this!

LOL, using up a lot
of
free
space!



posted on Jun, 5 2010 @ 01:18 PM
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Hi, Boondock. Sorry to hear about your dilemma.

I've noticed in the past few years that cell phone numbers are the new social security numbers of the future.
Basicly, cell phones are a drug, too. Ever lose your phone & can't find it? Don't you feel consumed with anxiety until it is back in your hand?
I'm guilty of this.
Also, this is the obvious next step to complete tracking of individuals without inserting something under their skin. The attachment to the device is already psychologically programmed for you to always have the SIM card with you at all times, otherwise you feel 'disconnected'.

Considering that it's Google is significant. It's a large company & if this is how they choose to run their security features, the smaller companies will follow suit. (Don't even get me started on the G-Mail symbolism)

Also, keep in mind that 1 year ago, New South Wales said that they were working on facial recognition technology to implant into society as a means to fight crime. A week ago, I saw this article about how Australia is announcing that their facial recognition technology is practically complete.
www.abovetopsecret.com...

Seeing these trends all running parallel to each other makes me wonder when we'll see a convergence.
(Putting my tin foil hat on.)

I recently had something similar happen with my cable/internet provider.
About a week ago, my internet & tv programming went down. I tried to call my provider (drug dealer), but couldn't get through. Once the internet & tv PROGRAMMING were restored (they were down for about 4 hours), I had to download some programs before I could access the internet. When I turned the TV on that day, channel 6 was now channel 7. I can't say I recall getting a notice on my bill or otherwise that there was going to be changes.

Don't you love surprises?

Wouldn't it be crazy if they were starting to link facial recognition technology with each individual's SIM card?
Imagine- You have a twin who commits a crime, you get arrested because the facial recog software tells the cops that you just walked into 7-11. They come & arrest you & confiscate your phone. Alas, you've been saved by the SIM card & they now know you aren't the man they're looking for - but you better not be harboring any criminals, so you'll tell us where he is.




posted on Jun, 5 2010 @ 01:24 PM
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Originally posted by Blanca Rose
Maybe, they
wanted to verify
who you are, because
you, might have
responded to
your
e-mails
like this!

LOL, using up a lot
of
free
space!

Rose have you ever thought that maybe, just MAYBE
there is a reason why I format my messages like that??

I have bad eye sight and have MY print text enlarged so
I can see the posts on this forum. Other people post here
and I have to use the horizontal scroll at the bottom of the
screen to see the text from left to right on EVERY frikkin
line. It's not an easy thing to do as you have to scroll
back and forth on every line cuz ATS does NOT provide
customized features to shorten the wrapped text from
100 to 65. So I type like that so I don't have to scroll
to read my own posts.

If ATS allowed customized settings for text wrap,
my short line formatting would not occur as I could
change it on my end to eliminate it.

So now back to e-mail

anybody know of a free web based e-mail
service to recommend???
Hushmail free accounts only have a 2MB
storage limit and that isn't enough.
I do not want to have to provide my phone
number or another e-mail account just
to get an account.



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