Be on the lookout. A sophisticated phishing scam that's reportedly fooling tech-savvy users is making its way through hundreds of Gmail accounts.
If you receive a link to a Google Doc that you weren't expecting, don't open it!
According to one user on Reddit, he received an e-mail to access a Google Doc from someone he knew and had messaged previously in the past.
What was scarier is that when he clicked the link, it took him to a very real-looking Google.com URL that masks itself as a sign-in sheet.
However, when the target accesses the sign-in sheet, it asks permission to access your account, then spreads the scam to all of your e-mail contacts and will send scam e-mails to everyone you've ever e-mailed.
Users on social media are calling this scam extremely sophisticated. The hackers could potentially get control of not only your Google account, but your social media accounts, as well.
Google confirmed that it was investigating the e-mail and encourages users to report the e-mail as phishing within Gmail.
We are investigating a phishing email that appears as Google Docs. We encourage you to not click through & report as phishing within Gmail.— Google Docs (@googledocs) May 3, 2017
Those who have fallen for the scam should change their passwords, and revoke permission to the Google Docs app by clicking here.
How to fix fake Google Docs phish:— Zach Latta (@zachlatta) May 3, 2017
1. Go to https://t.co/60z1CDeunO
2. Find the app called "Google Docs"
3. Revoke all permissions
You can find more information on the Reddit page dedicated to discussing phishing attempts below:
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