VIDEO: Google warns of phishing email scam

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(KRON) — Google is taking the unusual step of warning users about a phishing email scam through Google Docs.

If you receive an email from a contact titled Google Doc, DO NOT OPEN IT.

Hackers can access your information if you click on the link inside the email.

Google tweeted it is deactivating accounts that caused the problem.

One telltale sign: The attack email appears to be directed to the address hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhmailinator.com, and only blind copied to the recipient.

Google says if you have clicked on one of the phishing emails visit this link for a security checkup.

Here is a statement from a Google spokesperson:

“We realize people are concerned about their accounts, and we’re now able to give a fuller explanation after further investigation. We have taken action to protect users against an email spam campaign impersonating Google Docs, which affected fewer than 0.1% of Gmail users. We protected users from this attack through a combination of automatic and manual actions, including removing the fake pages and applications, and pushing updates through Safe Browsing, Gmail, and other anti-abuse systems. We were able to stop the campaign within approximately an hour. While contact information was accessed and used by the campaign, our investigations show that no other data was exposed. There’s no further action users need to take regarding this event; users who want to review third party apps connected to their account can visit Google Security Checkup.”

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