I have been using Google Docs (aka Google Drive) for several years now, and it’s another easy to use, cloud-based storage where I can keep important documents for my own business or documents to share with clients and other freelance professionals. Today I received the following email message:
At first glance it looks like a legitimate email message, however the subject line includes an email address that doesn’t exist although the domain name is from my own web site.
The big, blue button for View Document links to a phishing web site that has nothing to do with Google:
S0 now I know for certain that this is yet another phishing scam that wants me to click a bogus link and end up at some web site that will steal my username and password. The second clue that this email is a phishing scam is the From address:
So, be safe today when you receive an email like this one purporting to be from Google Docs, when in fact it is really a phishing scam trying to steal your username and password instead. When in doubt about an email check for these signs:
- The link address, just hover your mouse to see where it will take you before clicking it
- The Subject line
- The From address