Google Drive: ‘Urgent’ Email, Document is Phishing Scam

March 25, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

There’s a e-mail scam going around to try and phish Google Drive users’ account information.

The e-mail starts with “urgent” and says it is from the “Rev. Dr. Karen” who is “Serving Humanity Spiritually” and has a phone number.

The who message reads as follows:


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.”

It also has a quote from Mother Teresa in the signature section.

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

The website adds: “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.”