The Barrie Chamber of Commerce issued an e-broadcast to members after some staffers and members of the board of directors noticed that the widespread Google Docs scam had found its way into their inboxes. In one case, a board member had to spend an entire day cleaning up her laptop.
The chamber warned its members to delete any odd-looking emails, or to check with the sender to determine its legitimacy.
According to reports, Google says about 0.1 per cent of Gmail users were affected by the scam – amounting to nearly one million people. The affected emails claimed to be from Google Docs. Anyone who clicked on the attached link and followed the provided instructions risked giving hackers access to their email accounts.
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This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.
Marina Burghard writes for Canadian Fraud News about fraud-related cases, whistleblower, jurisdiction, identity theft, consumer protection, etc. – essentially about scams and how to protect yourself against this kind of fraudulent criminal behavior. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science where her interest in criminology grew. Besides fraud, Marina’s scientific interest lies in terrorism, extremism and how to deal with it as a society.