Google is sending phishing emails through ALERTS

Last Update: July 02, 2019

Some sites report that Google (for all I know we trust) is sending phishing emails through. Within Google you can set a so-called "alert". This is useful when you want to know if there is news about a certain topic, what is trending, or if something is being written about your own company. Google will then send you an email with a link to the relevant news article. However, cyber criminals now use this service from Google en masse to get users to click on wrong phishing links.

Scammers have found a way into Google Alerts to get their malicious website into this system.

So be aware when you click on a link send to you by Google Alerts. What I have read about this, this mainly concerns the .de, .fr and other foreign extension links. Just check out first from which country/domain name the info is coming before you click.

For all I understand, Google is investigating this right now, but they haven't taken action (yet).

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Calvinator63 Premium
Just goes to show you that we should remain diligent at all times while being online.

Even when receiving emails from trusted sources does not mean anymore that any links they provide are always what they appear to be.

I received a comment on my website two days ago someone trying to sell me SEO services. I tried to find their website ranked on the internet with not much success. I did find a website grader that graded the site at a 74 out of 100.

So how does that work? They can't get themselves listed on Google or their website graded highly, but want me to pay them to do it for me???

I wonder what people like this do the rest of the time when they are not trying to scam people?

Thanks, Loes for the heads up!
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Loes Premium
Yesterday it was on TV that 400 people were duped by fake Whatsapp profiles. They have the photo and profile name of a family member, get background information from Facebook and ask (as imitator daughter) if mom or dad wants to pay a bill for them.
Nothing is safe anymore
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webcash2us Premium
I get Google alerts on my phone a lot, but I usually just delete the alerts, I think I need to change my settings to not accept them.

I know Google has some bad flaws but the worst one that I read recently was from last week: Google maps sent over 100 cars into a mud pit when they gave re-route directions to avoid an accident.

Blind faithful Google followers drove directly into a mud pit

Thanks for information, I will check to see my alerts.

John
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Loes Premium
Haha, yes, that was in the Netherland news too
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McWord Premium
So, the All-Mighty Online Presence is being hacked? A small part of me seems gratified, somehow. Even more important is the trust factor that has taken a few hits as of late. First the algorithm change, now this. I hope this is not trending....

Thanks for the info, Loes!

Best,

mitch
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Loes Premium
The mighty Google is showing cracks...
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McWord Premium
Yes it does. I just responded suggested an alternate Search Engine. I don't know of any that has the reach as Google. interesting idea.

mitch
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Loes Premium
I don't know a better too, unfortunately
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fyre Premium
While this news is unsurprising (unfortunately) it still makes my skin crawl.

The past few years I have become even more diligent about reporting spam 'in the name of branded companies' that we all do business with one way or another.

I am constantly on guard for people like my Momma who is not tech savvy in the least.

Thank you kindly for the heads up Loes!
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Loes Premium
They are brutal, today I was called by such a telemarketer, he said that he had arranged my energy contract through him, and that it could be better, so he wanted to reschedule it for me. WHAT? No one has arranged my energy contract for me, I did it all by myself, the nerve!
But if my mother would get such a guy on the phone, she would immediately believe him.
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fyre Premium
Yep, exactly!

This year has been brutal for spam all around.

For me, it has been mostly my phone. I don't answer the unknown callers but, I got a text last week claiming something crazy about one of my utility bills with a phishing text link of course.

Yep, I better talk to my Momma and, just go over the basics with her again <3
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Loes Premium
Very sensible:))
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PaulBoudreau Premium
Good Day, Loes, and thanks for the heads up.
Next course on the list, "Cyber Security".
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Loes Premium
Priority no.1👍
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Bimby Premium
Thanks for the information Loes.
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Loes Premium
You're very welcome 👍
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gartenl Premium
Thanks for the heads up!
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Loes Premium
My pleasure 😀
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lynnsam61 Premium
Thanks for the heads up, Loes. I receive Google alerts but nothing like this so far.

Erica
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Loes Premium
It's not Google who's bragging about this...
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accad Premium
May they update us of what happens.
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Loes Premium
I hope they van catch them
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LouiseBT Premium
What? Is nothing sacred?
These phishing people need to get a life!
Thank you, as always, you're on top of things Loes :-)
Blessings
Louise
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Loes Premium
I think that's their life, and they live good from it, it seems
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Janet1919 Premium
Thanks lies
Janet
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Loes Premium
You're welcome:)
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Janet1919 Premium
That's thank you Loes my tablets
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N33 Premium
.de and .fr ? Phew you are coming right on time, thank you, Loes.
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Loes Premium
Yes, sounds very European:( Given the number of imported people, it could still be fraudsters from other countries
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firstlearn Premium
Thank you for keeping us informed Loes.

Derek
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Loes Premium
My pleasure Derek, I would hate to see people scammed by this
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Debs66 Premium
Thank you so much Loes for keeping is in the loop. I shall keep my eyes open just in case.
You are a gem :)
Debs :)
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Loes Premium
Those scammers become smarter every day
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Debs66 Premium
Aren't they just Loes. I had a nightmare with one from Nigeria but lucky they couldnt get into my accounts. It's always best to be on our guard for sure.
I use Google alerts quite a lot as well.
They are a real pain in the butt that's for sure.
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Loes Premium
It has become a profession in Nigeria...
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MozMary Premium
woops I got a ton of friend requests from Nigeria recently on fb, made me very suspicious...
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Loes Premium
Hi Mary, nice to see you again:) Yes, I get emails from there too
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Debs66 Premium
I second that great to see you again too Mary :)
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Carson2 Premium
Hadn't heard about that. Future knowledge for me to be aware of. Thank you.
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Loes Premium
We always have to stay vigilant, I'm afraid..
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