Gmail offers its 425 million plus active users worldwide the ability to strengthen the security of their accounts through “2-step verification” with one-time passwords (OTPs). According to Gmail, “It’s an extra step, but it’s one that significantly improves the security of your Google Account because it requires the powerful combination of both something you know—your username and password—and something that only you should have—your phone.”
If you are being phished, spammed, or a criminal is otherwise attempting to commit a crime through email correspondence with you, you should report it to your Internet and email provider. They can also help you to prevent these kinds of attacks in the future. If you think you are the victim of identity theft or fraud, you should act quickly and contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) by visiting its identity theft Web site, http://www.justice.gov/criminal/fraud/websites/idtheft.html.