I've recently learned of yet another way deceptive websites are being used to collect personal information such as your email address, password, and phone number. Unfortunately, this kind of attempt to get your personal information is more common than ever.
By attempting to fool unsuspecting users, these phishers gather your personal details by means of asking to you view a Secure online pdf document, as pictured below.
Upon pressing the link to visit "Google Drive", visitors are taken to a page in which they can choose their email provider, then sign in.
This is an attempt to figure out what email provider you use. By selecting the email provider, the "phisher" knows where to use your email address and password to log in.
Then they ask you to provide your email address, password, and phone number, so you can supposedly retrieve your pdf document.
Unfortunately, anybody in your address book is now susceptible to being sent the same email you opened. Since the email is coming from your email address, it means that the recipients might be inclined to open it themselves.
Below, I go into a little detail on how you can spot suspicious looking phishing attempts. The clues are mostly subtle, but once you learn what to look for you'll be in a better position to protect yourself!
Google Drive only allows for gmail.com email addresses!
The fact that they're asking you to choose from a list of email providers is a dead give-away that something is not right.
That's not all, though. Here are a few other things that tipped me off: