Scam of the day – September 15, 2015 – Google Docs phishing scam

Scammers are sending phishing emails that appear to come from a company recruiting you for a position at their company.  The email looks legitimate, is written with good grammar and contains a legitimate looking company logo.  The email indicates that the recruiter found your resume on on LinkedIn.  Attached to the email is a link to Google Doc purportedly with a description of the job for which you are being recruited.  Clicking on the link will take you to a legitimate looking, but phony log-in page that looks like Google’s login page.  The scammers actually open a Google Drive account and mark it as public.  They then load their phishing program on to the file.  If you enter your user name and password, you will have turned over this information to an identity thief.

TIPS

As I often warn you, “trust me, you can’t trust anyone.”  This scam is particularly insidious because it looks so legitimate.  However, you should never click on a link in an email or text message unless you have absolutely confirmed that it is legitimate.  In this case, you should check out the company on Google or some other search engine to find out if it is a real company.  But even that is not sufficient to confirm that the email is legitimate because a scammer can use the name of a legitimate company to send out what appears to be legitimate emails that are, in fact, scams.  If a job is being offered by a real company, you can get information about the job posting on the website of the legitimate company or by calling the company’s HR department.

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