Google WTF

Just got this in the email from Google Wallet:


As you may know from your existing banking relationships, European law requires that payments providers take steps to verify the identities of their customers. Google has designed procedures to comply with those requirements while protecting and respecting the confidentiality of your personal information.

Please be aware that your account has been temporarily suspended and will remain so until you have completed our verification process. To learn how to resolve this issue, please visit the following link within three business days:

Please note that failure to provide the requested verification documents may result in account closure.

The Google Wallet Team

Google Payment Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

Google Payment Ltd is a company registered in England and Wales with company number 5903713. Its registered address is Belgrave House, 76 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9TQ.

The Google Wallet Account

Checking the link (which isn’t phished by the looks of it) says they want a scan of two forms of ID. One of:

  • Identification cannot be expired.
  • Driver’s license
  • Passport information page
  • National identification card
  • State-issued identification
  • Permanent residence card
  • A different form of government-issued identification

and one of:

  • Bank statement
  • Credit/debit card statement with the first 12 digits blacked out (Do not send an image of your credit card).
  • Utility bill

There is NO WAY I’m going to upload scans of my ID to any company unless its required for things such as security clearance or country visas, or required for work-related purposes.

Clicked on “Report Phishing” :)

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