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Recent Scams Article: Fiendishly Clever Gmail Phishing Scam You Need to Know About


Posted on Friday, May 4, 2018 in News & Events

There is a new scam where hackers send you a text that asks you about a password reset on your account. If you did not request a password reset, they tell you to respond with STOP. This is a scam. The bad guys asked for that password reset and now want you to send them the authorization code! Don't fall for it. Below is an example of how the scam works:

Did you request Google
reset the password for
random@gmail.com? If
not, respond with STOP.

STOP

Confirm the 6 digit
numerical code to STOP
the password reset.
Respond with "822" to
have the verification code
re-sent.

Clever
But no


Remember, Gmail will never ask for confirmation to NOT make changes to your account. You didn’t ask for a password reset, so you shouldn’t be asked about one. Do not reply to the text (doing so will tell the scammers that they have reached a valid number). To prevent losing your account to bad guys, it's a very good idea to have 2-step verification set up on your Google account. For more information about Google 2-step verification, copy and paste the link below in to your browser:

https://www.google.com/landing/2step/

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