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A Google Docs phishing scam targeting as many of the 1 billion Google Gmail users was first seen on Wednesda, May 3, 2017. It appears to be more sophisticated that past scams and got past Google's filters. Google Docs team issued a statement on Twitter:
"We have taken action to protect users against an email impersonating Google Docs and 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."
If you click on the link now, Google will redirect you to a page that says: "We're sorry;but your computer or network may be sending automated queries. To protect our users, we can't process your request right now.". Google said it had disable" the malicious accounts and pushed updates to all users. The problem was said to only have for only about one hour,
You receive an email from someone you know with a link to a Google Doc file in it. Problem is, it isn't a real Google Docs file.It is a phishing attack. When you click on the link, it takes to you an apps permissions page which authorizes an app to have access to information from your Google account. But this is malware from a scammer, not the real Google Docs, The scammer's app seeks widespread permissions to your Google account. If you do click on it and allow it, the scammer will access to you Google account, to your Chrome login, your Google Docs, yoiur Google Drive, and anything else you have stored in any of those, like personal information, stored passwords, contacts, etc.
Prett obvious: DON'T CLICK on any links or anything in the email. The email id gives away that this is a phishing scam.