Have you unexpectedly been invited to join a Google Doc? Beware.
Thousands of people were targeted in a “sophisticated” scam Wednesday involving the Google service. While the email may appear to be from someone you might know – reading so-and-so “has shared a document on Google Docs with you” – it could be part of a phishing scam. If you click the link to open the document, you are sent to a page asking for your password. Avoid clicking the link or your Google Drive could be opened up to malware.
One scam giveaway: The phishing email’s “to” field says firstname.lastname@example.org.
Google posted the following statement: “We have taken action to protect users against an email impersonating Google Docs & have disabled offending accounts. We’ve removed the fake pages, pushed updates through Safe Browsing, and our abuse team is working to prevent this kind of spoofing from happening again. We encourage users to report phishing emails in Gmail.”
If you have fallen victim to this scam, there are some steps to follow: