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Be alert! It is always Phishing Season

Posted 5 May 2017 12:00 AM by julia

In the last couple of days, you may have received emails from people you know that appears to be just a Google doc to open.

 This is a phishing attack. The perpetrators are trying to get you to open the document which takes you to a fairly authentic-looking Google page and then attempts to get your to plug in your Google account user name and password.

Once the attacker has your information, he or she can raid your contacts and troll them with emails that look like they are coming from you!

 If you have clicked on the link, please go your Google account and then Permissions.

On that page an app called Google Doc, which will look like a legitimate Google application, is listed. It should show as an application with a recent authorization time, select the application and click remove. Once the application has been removed please change your password.  

Please remember to always view emails with suspicion and never click on a link that you are not expecting. If you are unsure, contact the sender to find out if they have, indeed, sent you an email.

According to a report in the Washington Post, Google has disabled all offending accounts, and claims it caught onto the plot within an hour.

Be careful out there. Phishing season is open all year round. Don’t take the bait!

 

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