If you get an e-mail saying there's a Google Drive or Google Docs link you need to click on, the Better Business Bureau says to stop for a moment to see if it's legit, even if it looks authentic.

Scammers say once you click on the link, it will prompt you to enter your Google user name and password and send you to what looks like a real Google Document.  The problem is that the scammers have intercepted your user and password to gain access to your account.

The BBB says to what for these indicators to avoid scammers:

  • Look for a phishing alert. Gmail automatically displays warnings on messages they suspect are phishing attacks. Always look for these warnings at the top of your email.

  • Know when you are logged in. If you are already logged into Gmail to check your email, you won’t need to log-in again to view a Google Drive document.

  • Report it: Help Google identify suspicious emails by reporting them. On an email message, click the down arrow next to “reply” and select “report phishing.”

  • Turn on two-step verification. If you fear your account has been compromised or you are worried about security, you can sign up for additional security for your Google account. Logging in will then require both a username/password and entering a code sent to your cell phone.

  • If your account may have been compromised…. Be sure to change your password. Pick one that will be very difficult to guess and contains upper case letters, numbers, and symbols.


See Also:

Sign Up for the Our Newsletter

Enter your email to receive the latest news and information directly to your inbox!