Example 247: Beware Fake Google Drive Invitations

Scammers are aware of the fact that Google Drive invitations may be likely to get through spam defenses because they emulate legitimate invitations.

In this example, scammers utilize Google Drive's collaboration feature and send push notifications from Google itself to deliver malicious content. The email may contain a non-UMN URL, a OneDrive notification, and/or a link to Google workspace. 

The scammers’ goal is to get you to open a Google doc containing a link to either malware or a fake login page.

Note: Our University email addresses and Internet IDs are considered public data (unless they are suppressed). Scammers often collect email addresses off the Internet for their scam recipients. 

Indicators of Phishing

  • Document names (not exhaustive): DC.docx, Ealuation.docx, EVALUATION FORM.docx, Faculty Evaluation.docx, Ealuation.pdf
  • The name and email of the person sharing the document does not match the name or email of the purported UMN person sharing the document
  • First line of the message is "[Non-UMN email address] shared a document"
  • Non-standard English grammar and spelling errors
  • Contains a link to a docx or PDF -- Always a red flag!

What to do if you receive one of these:

Example 1:

From: hbarnett (via Google Drive) <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, Jun 18, 2021 at 4:36 AM

Subject: Item shared with you: "Ealuation.pdf"

To: <[email protected]>

Cc: big CC list

[email protected] shared an item
[email protected] has shared the following item:

FDW: Gabel Joan has shared a file with One Drive.
Ealuation.pdf

[email protected] is outside your organization.
Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA
You have received this email because [email protected] shared a file or folder located in Google Drive with you.
Logo for Google Drive

Example 2:

From: Tiana Jordan (via Google Drive) <[email protected]>
Date: Tue, Jun 22, 2021 at 5:00 PM

Subject: Document shared with you: "DC.docx"

To: <[email protected]>

Cc: big CC list

[email protected] shared a document
[email protected] has shared the following document:
Josh Berlo shared a file with you.

DC.docx

[email protected] is outside your organization.
Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA
You have received this email because [email protected] shared a file or folder located in Google Drive with you.