This email, which looks like it was sent by Google, claims that your ‘files has (sic) been successfully published’ on Google Drive.
The email, which features the Google Drive logo, contains links that you can click to supposedly view the files or get more information.
However, Google did not send the email and the links do not open any Google Drive files.
Instead, the links open a suspect website that claims that you can get a chance to win various prizes by providing your personal contact details. The information you provide will be shared with marketing companies who will later bombard you with unwanted promotional emails, text messages, and phone calls.
Some versions may try to trick you into disclosing your credit card numbers, supposedly to receive a free product that only requires payment for postage. These websites should not be trusted with your personal and financial information.
Many versions of these scam emails have been distributed in recent months. Be wary of any email that claims that you should click a link to read lost, broken, or unread messages, access files that you know nothing about, or fix a supposed account issue. Some are phishing scams designed to steal account passwords and other sensitive information. Others are designed to trick you into visiting scam “survey” or “offer” websites.
If you receive one of these scam emails, just hit delete.
A screenshot of the scam email:
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!