I got an e-mail, listed as from someone I know (in my e-mail address book), that has a link to a document file supposedly held for me and others to
view by Google.
When I clicked on the link, it opened a page in my browser that said I must enter a valid e-mail address to get access to the document.
AND IT ASKS FOR MY E-MAIL PASSWORD!
I might have entered my e-mail address, alone--the original e-mail addressed to me had it in the address line--but, my password? C'mon!
Is anyone familiar with this scam?
(You aren't going to tell me it is legit, are you?)
The address line in my browser for the page is
but I'm not suggesting that anyone go there unless they feel well protected. Once I saw what I thought to be a suspicious request for information, I did nothing else.
Google is NOT your Friend
Are you sure it is asking for that password and not just for you to create a password to be a recognisable editor of the document?
Google Docs are a well known method for colleagues to work remotely on the same document without the need to be in the same room. Academics use them often.
Is this the page to which you refer????
It is asking you to create a password! When in doubt READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!
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You could always e-mail him at a known good address and ask if he sent you anything.
Well, the link you gave made my anti-virus go apeshit. Phishing...
I have gotten an e-mail from the fellow, saying, "If you received an e-mail from me with an attachment, don't open it."
So, it appears Katzy is right.
And, those of you with knowledge of sharing documents through Google-- that knowledge must be what makes the idea plausible enough that some people might let out information.
So, it is sorted.
But it wouldn't work with people who already do that.