This is simply because this is another malicious attempt by cybercriminals and scammers to steal the recipients' Google, Hotmail, Outlook, MSN, Yahoo and AOL account information, so that they can gain access to them. With access to their victims' accounts, cyber criminals will hijack and use them fraudulently.
Google users who have already been tricked by the phishing scam are asked to change their password immediately before their accounts are hijacked and used fraudulently or maliciously.
A List of Google Docs or Google Drive Phishing Email Scams
Subject: Important meeting tomorrow
From: ramya ramya (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sent: Mon 7/25/16 4:17 PM
Attachments: Agenda for next meeting.html (6.5 KB)
I’ve attached a Draft_Agenda.pdf for our emergency meeting tomorrow, Please view it and let me know if any changes/additions are required.
--Forwarded Message Attachment--
Login your email address below to view the document.
Passwords are case sensitive
To access our online secured documents page,you are required to login your email address.
Unauthorized Access is prohibited.
From: Brian Harris email@example.com
Date: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Subject: VIEW DOCUMENT
I've Shared a secure file Document attached with Google icon
Private Group Communication Service
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Subject: You have PDF docs to read
Please find attached document i uploaded through Google Doc Share Application.
for additional security Log in with your email account to view it.
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Subject: 16102015_Proposal_ Letter.pdf16102015_ Proposal_Letter.pdf
Hello, Please find the attached for your attention. I tried to upload and send earlier but got an error message “The file you are trying to send exceeds the 25MB attachment limit” So i had to send it using Google Drive.
Subject: IMPORTANT DOCS
Please find newly attached documents, I have uploaded via Google drive Box Files Share Application.
Subject: Important files
i tried sending you a document yesterday, but i am not sure you received it, i just attached it again for your review and comments. It is password protected, so you must sign in with your email address e-mail to view the files
Subject: Please relate to the document
I have tried to send you this documents but I don't know why it's not going through. It may be due to large file attached. I decided to send it via secured
Subject: Rick Mitchell shared "important/update.pdf" with you via Google Drive
Rick Mitchell used Google Drive to share a file with you!
I have shared a file with you via Google Docs App.
Find it below for your quick review and perusal.
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Subject: VITAL NEWSLETTER
I uploaded this vital newsletter using my google doc. For immediate access CLICK HERE
Sign in with your email.
Please view the document i uploaded for you using Google docs, CLICK HERE and just sign in with your email to view the document its very important
Subject: RE Important Document
Here is the document i told you about,i sent it in a more secured way, CLICK HERE. and log in with your email for immediate access and more information.
Hello, Kindly click the link to view the document I uploaded for you using Google cloud drive. Just Sign in with your email to view the document, it is very important. Thank you, -- Rev. Dr. Karen Serving Humanity Spiritually
Incoming Google drive document awaiting you
Please refer to the document I've shared with you using Google Drive App.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SHARED DOCUMENT
Recipients who have clicked on the link in the email message or post, will be taken to the following malicious web pages and ask to sign-in with their Google or other email accounts credentials:
- http://greensolutionsgp.com/ google/google /index.php.htm
- http://primakoncepts.com/ docc/googledrive/contactform.php
Note: cyber-criminals will use other website names, so look out for this same scam on other websites.
Fake Google Docs or Drive Login Pages
It appears that the website: greensolutionsgp.com was hacked and the malicious page "google/google/index.php.htm" was put there by the hackers to ask their potential victims to sign in with their Google email address and password. But, if potential victims enter their Google credentials on the fake Google page, it will be sent to the cybercriminals behind the scam.
Again, recipients of the same phishing scam who have already entered their Google username and password on the bogus web page that they were taken to, are asked to change their Google password immediately! There are different versions of the Google Docs or Drive phishing scam, so please be on the lookout for e-mail messages or posts asking to view documents in Google Docs or Google Drive.