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Google Drive Phishing Email Scam Reappears - Experts

Itpro.co.uk published news during last week of October, 2015, quoting a warning of security experts as "criminals are still making use of a Google Drive phishing scam, which can seriously damage you in spite of Google Drive claiming to have fixed a security hole in it last year".

Last year, it was revealed that hackers were using fake documents of Google Drive to compel you to enter your email and password, but this year's attack looks to be more refined.

As per this notification, the email sender tried to enclose a proposal letter however he got an error message telling that the attached file surpassed the limit of 25MP size of the attachment. Therefore, the email claims that the document is being put on Google Drive.

The email comprises an 'Open' link which apparently permits the email recipient to get access to the proposal letter.

The email may seem reasonable at the first look as people frequently do employ Google Drive or other familiar devices to share huge documents. A number of email systems may compel size limit for an attachment. Therefore, a busy official who regularly receives different kinds of proposal letters may get tricked into clicking such a link.

But unfortunately, the link opens a fake site designed to impersonate the home page of Google Drive. A popup on that page asks you to log in with your email id to access files and folders that are shared due to security reasons. The window contains a form asking you to first choose your email provider from a dropdown and then enter your telephone number, email address and password for your email account.

You would be redirected automatically to the genuine website of Google Drive after submitting this information.

The fraudsters can now capture the details submitted by you, and use these to hijack your email account.

To minimize the threat from such attacks, some simple tips include: You should be careful about unexpected emails containing attachments or links. Always avoid clicking links or opening attached files which come with emails from unknown persons.

Moreover, you should never believe what you see. Just because an email looks genuine, it does not mean that it is real. Scammers can imitate anything, and so you have to be smart enough to recognize such fallacies.

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