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SCAM: Don't open that Google Doc that just showed up in your inbox

SCAM: Don't open that Google Doc that just showed up in your inbox. (KUTV)

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) - If you get a link to a Google Doc from someone and you aren't expecting it — don't open it.

Google investigated a phishing scam on Wednesday and by the afternoon it had disabled offending accounts and had removed fake pages.

"We encourage you to not click through & report as phishing within Gmail," Google Docs wrote in a tweet around 2 p.m. MDT.

Many people posted on social media about receiving an email from someone they thought they knew but later learned it was part of a pretty convincing phishing scam.

In a statement on Twitter Google Docs issued this assurance to its customers.

Official Google Statement on Phishing Email: We have taken action to protect users against an email impersonating Google Docs & have disabled offending accounts. We’ve removed the fake pages, pushed updates through Safe Browsing, and our abuse team is working to prevent this kind of spoofing from happening again. We encourage users to report phishing emails in Gmail.

BuzzFeed News, Business Insider and The Verge all called the malware phishing scam "sophisticated." It's always a good reminder to never open an email or click on a link that you aren't expecting.

How to protect yourself:

Report the email as spam and tighten up your email permissions by going to myaccount.google.com/permissions. Then find the app called "Google Docs" and revoke all permissions.

A Reddit user explained how he almost got duped by the spam email and then detailed how to protect yourself if you received the email.



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