Money Roundup: Hacked Google Account Edition

by Michael on Jun 9, 2013 · 5 comments

This morning, I awoke to a text message warning me that my Google Account had been hacked. It came from an unknown number, and it was clearly (at least to me) a phishing attempt. The message stated:

“Your Google Account has been hacked. Reply NOW to receive a call to reactivate your account.”

They also included a fictitious ID number in hopes of making it look official. Out of curiosity, I called the number from which the message originated (using Skype for anonymity) and learned that it was a Google Voice account. Not terribly surprising.

Needless to say, I didn’t send the requested reply.

If you get a similar message, I suggest that you ignore it, too. Otherwise you’ll almost certainly get a call back asking for account details so the kindly folks on the other end can “restore” (i.e., take over and abuse) your account.

And now… Here are some articles that caught my eye this past week:

That’s it. Hope you had a great weekend!

1 Lance @ Money Life and More June 10, 2013 at 7:22 am

Thanks for mentioning my post this week. I spent yet another weekend at the townhouse and hopefully only have one more to go!

2 SB @ One Cent at a Time June 10, 2013 at 7:49 am

Glad you fought the scamsters. Nice list of reading.

3 Little House June 10, 2013 at 10:21 am

Those Phishing attempts are annoying. I get plenty, but they normally fall into my junk folder. I’ll have to check out a couple of these reads.

4 Michael June 10, 2013 at 10:28 am

LH: Yeah, I get them all the time via e-mail. This was the first that I’ve received via text.

5 Midlife Finance June 10, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Ugh. I got hacked once and it really sucked. It sent spam out to everyone that I correspond with. I hate hackers, phishers, etc….

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