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Don't open that Google Docs email

A sophisticated phishing scam swept the Internet today, sending emails to countless people that claimed someone they knew had invited them to view a file in Google Docs.

How it works: The cryptic email invites users to view or edit a file in "Google Docs," but it's actually a different third-party web app that is simply named "Google Docs." You are then taken to a screen listing your different Google accounts, where you would normally sign in, and there's a link to continue to Google Docs.

What it does: Engaging with this email gives phishers access to your email data and address book, thus enabling them to forward the scam to anyone in your contacts, as well as collect your personal information.