Google Shuts Down Sophisticated Google Doc Phishing Scam

May 4, 2017

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Phishing scams are getting more realistic and sophisticated andif you aren't paying attention, you could be one of the millions of people to get their identity stolen.  According to multiple reports, a massive Google Doc scam was launched yesterday with an email that looked very legitimate with a link to a Google Docs file.  Clicking on the link, scammers asks you to provide your username and password.  The email nearly fooled even the most savvy email users. As real as it looked the sender's email address gave it away, originating from "h" @ mailinator.com and not from Google.  Fortunately, Google has already shut this scam down but some estimates by others state that as many as 30% of people have fallen for phishing scams and divulged personal information. Protect yourself by remembering to always double-check sources, spelling and/or grammar errors and to think before you click (did you order a item? Why does your friend want you to download a file?).  Delete emails if you feel they are sketchy and contact the person or company to question if they indeed are attempting to contact you for information.

SOURCE: Gizmodo

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