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Google Drive Email Phishing Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

‘Very important’ email requests recipients to click a link to view a document that the sender uploaded using Google Drive.

Brief Analysis

There is no document to be viewed, important or otherwise. The email is a phishing scam designed to trick recipients into giving their email login details to Internet criminals.

Examples

I’ve uploaded a Document for you to view using Google Drive. Click here, just sign in with your email respectively to view the Doc.
Its importantThanks!
[Name Removed]

 

Hello,

Kindly click the link to view the document I uploaded for you using Google
cloud drive.

[Link removed]

Just Sign in with your email to view the document, it is very important.

Thank you,


Rev. Dr. Karen [Surname Removed]
Serving Humanity Spiritually
[Phone number removed]

Good works are links that form a chain of love.

Mother TeresaScreenshot of phishing website:Google Drive Phishing Email

 

Detailed Analysis

This email asks recipients to click a link to view a very important document that has been uploaded to Google Drive. The email instructs users to sign in with their email details to see the document.

However, there is no urgent document waiting for recipients as claimed. Users who fall for the ruse and click the link as instructed will be taken to a bogus website that includes the Google Drive logo along with a login screen that asks for both their email address and email password.

If users submit their email credentials as requested and click the ‘View document’ button, they will be redirected to Google’s Gmail home page.

Meanwhile, however, their email address and password will be sent to online criminals. The criminals can use the stolen details to hijack webmail accounts belonging to victims. Hijacked accounts can be used to perpetrate more scam and spam campaigns, all in the names of the victims.

If victims submitted details for a Gmail account, the scammers may be able to use the same login information to access other Google services as well as email.

Such phishing ploys are very common. Be very wary of any email that asks you to provide your email account login details by clicking a link or opening an attached file.

Screenshot of Phishing Website:

Google Drive Phishing Scam Website

Importance Notice

After 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 You

I 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 Date

Hoax-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!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer