Thursday, 4 May 2017

Nasty Email Phishing Scam - Google Docs

If you get an email from a company or friend offering to share a Google Docs link with you, DON'T CLICK THE LINK.

A very effective, and I'm loathe to say, clever scam is hitting inboxes around the world.

The reason why it's so effective is, it appears to be a Google Docs.

But if you click the link in the email, you'll be taken to a fake login site which looks very real, but it has been built by scammers to trick you into giving over your logins and passwords.

If you do "log in" to this fake site, a virus then sends emails out to all of your contacts.

The scammers may send emails "from" a company or someone you know. If you do receive an email with a link, DO NOT click it. Instead, ring the company and ask if they did in fact send it...I'm guessing they will say no.

As far as we know, no emails have appeared to come from SMS Express, but no company is immune from fakers, and it's best to warn you just in case.

SMS Express never ever sends links to Google Docs.

If you have clicked such a link and feel your details may have been compromised, then change your passwords immediately, preferably from a different computer that has not been compromised, and if necessary call your IT person ASAP.

It's also a good idea to keep your anti-virus software up to date. We actually use 2 anti-virus and anti-malware programs.

You may also want to encourage staff and colleagues to never click links in emails unless you are absolutely sure it's real. 

Instead, right click to copy the link, and paste the link into a browser. 

Browsers like Chrome and Firefox offer good protection against dodgy sites. IE and Edge are okay, but we've seen a few dodgy sites that IE and Edge do not flag as potentially harmful, but the other 2 do flag them.

And don't be fooled by the green padlock or https sites that say "secure"! Anybody can get an SSL certificate and get setup in minutes!!