Wednesday, November 3, 2010 Scam?

Most all of Gmail users received this email:

Google rarely contacts Gmail users via email, but we are making an exception to let you know that we've reached a settlement in a lawsuit regarding Google Buzz (, a service we launched within Gmail in February of this year.

Shortly after its launch, we heard from a number of people who were concerned about privacy. In addition, we were sued by a group of Buzz users and recently reached a settlement in this case.

The settlement acknowledges that we quickly changed the service to address users' concerns. In addition, Google has committed $8.5 million to an independent fund, most of which will support organizations promoting privacy education and policy on the web. We will also do more to educate people about privacy controls specific to Buzz. The more people know about privacy online, the better their online experience will be.

Just to be clear, this is not a settlement in which people who use Gmail can file to receive compensation. Everyone in the U.S. who uses Gmail is included in the settlement, unless you personally decide to opt out before December 6, 2010. The Court will consider final approval of the agreement on January 31, 2011. This email is a summary of the settlement, and more detailed information and instructions approved by the court, including instructions about how to opt out, object, or comment, are available at

Most people took one look at this and figured that this was a scam, fraud, or just spam of some sort. A quick search for " Scam" doesn't return much. Several Google Employees have confirmed the legitimacy of this email though. The website simply informs you of the background of the lawsuit and doesn't ask you for money. Some people are qualified to be part of the class action, but I don't think anyone is going to get money from it because they can't prove damages.


Still not sure if is legit? Don't got to it, you're not missing out on anything.

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