Google suspended hundreds of accounts used by people trying to take advantage of a US sales tax loophole in order to make a profit on the resale of Pixel phones. Although the accounts were restored after a few days, this creates an unsettling precedent for Google users.
Members of the site Dan’s Deals report that they were locked out of their Google accounts after trying to resell Pixel phones. The lockouts caused them to lose access to Gmail, Google Drive, Google Photos, and other Google services. The situation also prevents the affected users from being able to authenticate logins for other accounts. About 200 of those affected received emails stating all of their data would be deleted, if they did not successfully appeal their suspension.