The latest scam to take the internet by storm involves something millions of American use on a daily basis.
According to TechCrunch.com, a new Google Docs phishing scam is affecting thousands of people. Google has tried to tackle it immediately but they are still working on stopping it. be super, super wary of Google Doc invites for now. If you fall for this one (and plenty of otherwise eagle-eyed people have already), it’ll blast out the bait to everyone on your contact list.
Google is also warning people to be very cautious of any Google Doc invites you may receive, for now.
If you accidentally click a link on the doc invite, If you fall for this one (and plenty of otherwise eagle-eyed people have already), it’ll blast out the bait to everyone on your contact list.
According to TechCrunch.com, here is the key list of things you need to know to protect yourself from this awful scam.
Clicking the link takes you to a real Google-hosted page, with a list of your Google accounts ready to click
It asks you to select an account and provide an app called “Google Docs” — yes, they were somehow allowed to name a third party app “Google Docs” — with account permissions
As soon as you click the “allow” button, this not-at-all-actually-Google Docs app now has permission to read your emails and email all your contacts…. the latter of which it’ll start doing pretty much immediately, spreading the worm to pretty much everyone you’ve ever emailed.
Also, sources are saying there are steps you can take to see if you have been hit, and how to fix it.
Check your Google account’s app permissions. There should not be an app called “Google Docs” there — actual Google Docs has access to your account by default. If you see it listed there, remove it by tapping the label and hitting “Remove”