Google Docs Phishing Scam Became Widespread, Affected Many Users

Many internet users revealed the latest online scam and it is about the Google Docs phishing attack on Wednesday. The problem arises when it starts to land the inboxes of many users, which they consider it as a widespread concern for the popular search engine giant.

Based on the investigation, it can be a sophisticated malware or phishing attack.

From the shared information through theguardian.com, this latest phishing scam is very deceptive because it aims to invite a user to edit a document through Google Doc. The subject came from a contact stating “has shared a document on Google Docs with you.” In case user made a decision to click the button “Open in Docs,” it will require this person to login his or her account.

Once the login is complete, this is the time when a fraud app from a third-party will make an effort to access the other important data and use them to different unlawful activities. Besides the email, the scammer can also gather information such as full name, phone number and employment, among others.

According to the news reports, clicking the provided link will make the account user vulnerable to sending fraud messages to different individuals without his or her knowledge. The usual recipients of the messages are those included on the address book.

Google however revealed that they are aware of the problem by now and are performing an ongoing investigation about it. Furthermore, they remind all users to submit a report through Gmail if they encounter this latest phishing scam.

“We have taken action to protect users against an email impersonating Google Docs, and have disabled offending accounts,” said the company’s spokesperson in a statement as quoted by the news online. “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,” the representative added.

Although the company is not yet sure on the extent of the phishing scam, there are some popular online reporters who already experience such fraud emails. To mention a few of them includes reporters from the Guardian, The Verge, Hearst, BuzzFeed and New York Magazine, among others.

Google however does not give any feedback about the issue, but assures to provide the best security and immediate solution. On Wednesday afternoon, it released a statement to confirm that they had solved the issue about Google Docs phishing scam.

This somehow reduced the worries of many Gmail users to avoid compromising their personal data online. Because if a hacker or a fraudster successfully access the information, this person can use the bank accounts, birth dates, passwords, usernames and even social security numbers on the victims illegally.

It does not matter of what kind of email phishing a company may experience like Google; this is a dangerous activity and can potentially trigger a serious financial fatal trap. Majority of the email scam or phishing is easier to notice as a fraudulent email. This is definitely easier to determine because it quickly lead the recipient to bogus opportunities upon clicking the included links. Of course, it is important to find the best solution, whether the phishing activity is sophisticated or not.