Fiendishly Clever Gmail Phishing Scam You Need to Know About

Date: April 16, 2018

By: PBS Marketing

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

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

I am writing as part of the Horizon Pest Control Admin team. I am the person who often interfaces with the service vendors and I can’t say enough about the PBS Customer Service staff and the Technicians. They are always such a pleasure to deal with at times helping us resolve an issue over the phone!

  • Karen L. Schmidt
  • Horizon Pest Control