Beware of this Google Docs Phishing Scam Virus
Posted in Tech News on May 5, 2017
This virus appears to have began spreading on Wednesday May 3, 2017. The virus is spread by a phishing scheme through Google Docs. Potential victims receive an email that appears to be from a friend attempting to share a document so if you receive an email like this that was unsolicited, just delete it.
Many people on Twitter and other social media platforms have reported that the phishing email is sent from this email address: "firstname.lastname@example.org." Zeynep Tufekci is one of many Twitter users who posted a viral tweet (embedded below) that includes a screenshot of the phishing email so you can see what it looks like.
Phishing (or malware) Google Doc links that appear to come from people you may know are going around. DELETE THE EMAIL. DON'T CLICK. pic.twitter.com/fSZcS7ljhu
— Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep) May 3, 2017
Bustle.com reached out to Google and Google gave them this statement:
"We have taken action to protect users against an email impersonating Google Docs, and 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 made the mistake of clicking the email then here is the proper response to take, Bustle.com's author Emma Lord provides some excellent advice in her article that I've summarized for you below:
- Reset your email password as well as your password any other service that you use the same password on (don't use the same password for everything!).
- Notify your bank and any credit card accounts that your information may have been compromised.
- Send an email or post to social media that you've been exposed to a virus, and to disregard any suspicious messages they may receive from you.
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