Scam Alert -- Scammers Hide Phishing Con in a Google Doc

  
     
August 21, 2015


Scammers are at it again! A new email con uses Google Docs to disguise a phishing scam. These emails appear to be recruiting you for a new job opportunity, but they are really a way to harvest your password. 

How the Scam Works:

You receive an email that seems to come from a human resources professional recruiting you for a position at his/her company. The email seems very professional, with a company logo, signature block and reply email address. According to the message, the HR representative found your resume on LinkedIn and would like you to take a look at the job description. To view this info, just click a link to a Google Doc. 

Don't do it! Scammers are using Google Drive to hide a phishing scam. They create a folder inside a Google Drive account, mark it as public and upload a phishing program. When you click on the link, it looks like you are being prompted to log into your Google account. However, it's really a phishing con meant to grab your email and password. 

How to Spot This Scam

  • Be wary of unexpected emails that contain links or attachments. As always, do not click on links or open files in unfamiliar emails.
  • Don't believe what you see. Just because an email looks real, doesn't mean it is. Scammers can fake anything from a company logo to the sent email address. 
  • Check the company's website. Businesses typically post job information on their websites, not on Google Drive. 
  • Be cautious of generic emails. Scammers try to cast a wide net by including little or no specific information in their fake emails. Always be wary of messages that seem overly general. If a recruiter was really emailing you, he/she should have your name and job title.


For More Information

To find out more about other scams, check out BBB Scam Stopper (bbb.org/scam). To learn more about this phishing scam, read this alert from LinkedIn

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