And It’s Hard To Catch
Warning: If you receive an email with the subject “Documents,” and it directs you to a webpage that looks like a Google Drive sign-in page, do not enter your information.
It’s likely a new phishing scam, in which a thief creates a fake portal that asks for people’s private information and then steals it. (Netflix recently faced a similar issue.)
This one uses a fake Google Drive landing page to get your Gmail address and password, cyber security company Symantec’s official blog reported last Thursday. You’re meant to think that the documents you’ll be viewing are on Google Docs and that you need to sign in to see them. Remember, though, it’s all a scam.
“We’ve removed the fake pages and our abuse team is working to prevent this kind of spoofing from happening again,” a representative from Google tells The Huffington Post. “If you think you may have accidentally given out your account information, please reset your password.”
Think you’re smart enough to tell the difference between a fake Google Drive sign-in page and the real one? OK, which one of these two photos is of the real one?
The real Google page is the second, but be honest and admit you couldn’t tell. You shouldn’t be looking for something in particular on the login page, since those look different for different people and on various browsers. You should just be wary of emails from unknown email addresses and pages that ask for your password.
Online scams are becoming more and more sophisticated and I can only see the problem getting worse. The big reason for this is the risk reward factor. With the right technology and the skills to use it, the scam artists can achieve anything. The internet is a fantastic resource for information but the down side is that many people are also put at risk, especially vulnerable young people and the elderly who might find it more difficult to spot the scam.
Even on mobile technology the scammers are upping their game. My daughter is receiving regular text messages on her phone and it’s new. No one has been given the number outside friends and family. My conclusion is that mobile numbers are reused or that scammers are using software to auto dial / sms random numbers to confirm them, then adding to a database for regular scam attempts.
Be warned and on your guard. If you have children who have or have access to a phone, make sure they are aware of the risks.
You can read more on the Google Scam from the source article at The Huffington Post