Google issue warnings on a new scam

Google issue warnings on a new scam

Users of Gmail are advised to keep a close eye on their inboxes for any believable scams that may attempt to steal their personal information. Users are presented with the fraud as a “Online Reward Program”. When users open the email, they are frequently informed that they have performed the 18.25 billionth Google search and should anticipate a reward. However, this is a scheme used by fraudsters to get victims to share sensitive personal information like credit card numbers.

The opening line of one email reads, “Congratulations! You are a fortunate Google user.” The user is then prompted to click on a link to collect the reward. But there isn’t really a present to be claimed; rather, hackers are using it as a means of trying to steal money and even identities.

Google advises its users to take caution.

Google on its advice page said “You encounter a pop-up advertisement on your mobile device or computer from a website you are browsing.”

“Google does not offer spontaneous prizes in this format and you will not win a prize by completing the survey or entering your personal information. Close out of the pop-up window and do not enter your personal information.”

How to Avoid these Scams?

Google has also issued important Golden Rules,

  •  Slow it down – Scams are often designed to create a sense of urgency. Take time to ask questions and think it through.
  • Spot check – Do your research to double check the details you are getting. Does what they’re telling you make sense?
  • Stop! Don’t send – No reputable person or agency will ever demand payment or your personal information on the spot.

Source

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/warning-issued-gmail-users-amid-130649039.html

https://www.mirror.co.uk/tech/gmail-warning-google-reward-scam-29790573

 

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