BEWARE OF UNEXPECTED GMAIL MESSAGES
Have you received an unexpected email from an old friend with the word “Hi” in the subject line from a Gmail address? Or an innocuous Gmail that appears to have a video or offer voice message attached? An increasing number of scams involving “baiting” have been reported using Gmail addresses. What is baiting? Baiting, according to cyber-security experts, uses “the. promise of an item or good to entice victims,” such as “the offer of free music or movie downloads to trick users,” who then provide login credentials. Often baiting precedes a full-blown phishing schemes. According to recent research, bait attacks are most often being generated by scammers using the Gmail platform. If you receive a suspicious looking Gmail email to your Gmail account, you can report it to Google by opening the email in your Gmail account under your web browser. Click on the three dots in the upper right-hand corner of the page and then select Report Phishing or Report Scam and let Google know about the problem. Unfortunately, if the suspicious Gmail is sent to a non-Gmail address, Google’s only remedy is to report it to the FBI. If you are unsure whether a communication is legitimate, regardless of whether it comes from a Gmail address, EverSafe provides a service in which we evaluate suspicious emails for members and non-members. To have such communication reviewed, forward the questionable email to hotline@EverSafe.com and we will respond with our assessment within 24 hours.