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I got a verify email about using my gmail to sign in to firefox which I didn't do.

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Hi,

I got an email saying my gmail address was used to sign into firefox, from somewhere in Tanzania?

Is this a phising scam? Email says it's from accounts.firefox.com.

Thanks, Geoffrey

Hi, I got an email saying my gmail address was used to sign into firefox, from somewhere in Tanzania? Is this a phising scam? Email says it's from accounts.firefox.com. Thanks, Geoffrey
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FredMcD
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Go to https://accounts.firefox.com/settings Across from Devices & apps, press Show.

Is anything listed that you don't want? If yes, remove it. Then change the password.

Note: Resetting the sync password, or changing its e-mail, will remove all data from the servers.

This is a security feature. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/ive-lost-my-firefox-sync-account-information

  • I've lost my Firefox Sync account information - What to do
  • I’ve forgotten, or don't have access to, my Firefox Account email address

The data in your profiles will not be affected.

Go to https://accounts.firefox.com/settings Across from '''Devices & apps''', press '''Show.''' Is anything listed that you don't want? If yes, remove it. Then change the password. Note: Resetting the sync password, or changing its e-mail, will remove all data from the servers. This is a security feature. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/ive-lost-my-firefox-sync-account-information *I've lost my Firefox Sync account information - What to do *I’ve forgotten, or don't have access to, my Firefox Account email address The data in your profiles will not be affected.
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FredMcD
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If there is an unauthorized entry, Change All Passwords Everywhere and verify the e-mails on file with those sites.

If there is an unauthorized entry, '''Change All Passwords Everywhere''' and verify the e-mails on file with those sites.
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Question owner

Thanks for the replies.

I've never logged into firefox in my life, though I've used it for many years.

I do log into chrome, but there's no way they can compromise my chrome login from firefox right?

Do I need to worry?

Thanks for the replies. I've never logged into firefox in my life, though I've used it for many years. I do log into chrome, but there's no way they can compromise my chrome login from firefox right? Do I need to worry?
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FredMcD
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You are not logging into Firefox, you are logging into the sync server.

If there are unknowns listed with the sync server, do as I posted above.

GeoffreyPalmer said

from somewhere in Tanzania?

Where are you located?

You are not logging into Firefox, you are logging into the sync server. If there are unknowns listed with the sync server, do as I posted above. ''GeoffreyPalmer [[#question-1261574|said]]'' <blockquote> from somewhere in Tanzania? </blockquote> Where are you located?

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McCoy
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Hello GeoffreyPalmer,

Do you even have a Firefox Sync account  ?

I'm asking because you say that you have never logged into
Firefox in your life .....

Hello GeoffreyPalmer, Do you even have a Firefox Sync account ? I'm asking because you say that you have never logged into <BR>Firefox in your life .....
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cor-el
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Did this email come from Google (Gmail)?

Did you ever used a VPN ?

Note that other services like Firefox Monitor and Firefox Send also use a Firefox Account.

Did this email come from Google (Gmail)? Did you ever used a VPN ? Note that other services like Firefox Monitor and Firefox Send also use a Firefox Account. *https://monitor.firefox.com/
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McCoy
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cor-el said

Note that other services like Firefox Monitor and Firefox Send also use a Firefox Account.

I was just going to add that, but you beat me to it - good for you !

''cor-el [[#answer-1229241|said]]'' <blockquote> Note that other services like Firefox Monitor and Firefox Send also use a Firefox Account. </blockquote> I was just going to add that, but you beat me to it - good for you !
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Question owner

@FredMcD - I don't currently use any mozilla applications, nor do I currently have or use Firefox. I don't and have never had a firefox/mozilla account of any kind.

@McCoy - no

@cor-el - email comes from accounts.firefox.com

That's why the email I got is so strange.

I'm thinking either: a) the email I got is some kind of phising scam b) somebody has set up a mozilla account using my email and might be trying to steal my identity c) somebody in Tanzania set up a mozilla account and accidently used my email by mistake?

@FredMcD - I don't currently use any mozilla applications, nor do I currently have or use Firefox. I don't and have never had a firefox/mozilla account of any kind. @McCoy - no @cor-el - email comes from accounts.firefox.com That's why the email I got is so strange. I'm thinking either: a) the email I got is some kind of phising scam b) somebody has set up a mozilla account using my email and might be trying to steal my identity c) somebody in Tanzania set up a mozilla account and accidently used my email by mistake?
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McCoy
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Would it be possible for you to provide a screenshot of that email  ?

If you need help to create a screenshot, please see : How do I create a screenshot of my problem?

Once you've done this, attach the saved screenshot file to your forum post by clicking the Browse... button below the Post your reply box.

Would it be possible for you to provide a screenshot of that email ? If you need help to create a screenshot, please see : [[How do I create a screenshot of my problem?]] Once you've done this, attach the saved screenshot file to your forum post by clicking the '''Browse...''' button below the ''Post your reply'' box.
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I've uploaded a screen shot.

Reading a little closer - it's saying my email was a secondary email? which is still very odd.

I have no idea who the person is. It's not a name I recognize or have in my contacts or anything.

Best, G

I've uploaded a screen shot. Reading a little closer - it's saying my email was a secondary email? which is still very odd. I have no idea who the person is. It's not a name I recognize or have in my contacts or anything. Best, G
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cor-el
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This IP is blackisted by some: *https://whatismyipaddress.com/ip/196.249.96.133 *https://whatismyipaddress.com/blacklist-check
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McCoy
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You will of course not have verified that email and (as
suggested earlier by FredMcD) changed your password
for that email account ...... (?)

You will of course not have verified that email and (as <BR>suggested earlier by FredMcD) changed your password <BR>for that email account ...... (?)
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Question owner

I have not verified the email, but I also haven't changed that password. I should do that though.

I have not verified the email, but I also haven't changed that password. I should do that though.
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McCoy
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GeoffreyPalmer said

I have not verified the email, but I also haven't changed that password. I should do that though.

Yes, you really should (better safe than sorry). And after you changed your password : delete that email, forget all about it and relax ......

''GeoffreyPalmer [[#answer-1229405|said]]'' <blockquote> I have not verified the email, but I also haven't changed that password. I should do that though. </blockquote> Yes, you really should (better safe than sorry). And after you changed your password : delete that email, forget all about it and relax ......
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