TODAYS TOPIC: Watch for Fake Gmail Messages in Your Inbox\r\n\r\nTHE CONCERN: Have a Gmail account? Watch out for scam emails posing as messages from Google. They may look like official notices about your account, but they carry malware.\r\n\r\nHOW THE SCAM WORKS: You receive an email that appears to be a message about your Google or Gmail account. One version of this scam informs you that \u201cYou have exceeded your email limit quota.\u201d Another tells you that \u201cyou have a deferred email.\u201d The text is hyperlinked in both, implying that you should click for more information. Don\u2019t do it!\r\n\r\nClicking on the link will download malware to your computer. Once on your machine, it can hunt through your files for personal and banking information. This opens you up to the possibility of identity theft.\r\n\r\nThese scam emails are particularly tricky because they look so real. They have details like Google\u2019s address in the footer. One version actually has a link to \u201cunsubscribe\u201d and \u201cchange my notification settings.\u201d Be sure not to click these links because they also may contain malware.\r\n\r\nHOW TO SPOT A SCAM EMAIL:\r\n\r\n\u2022 Check out the \u201cFrom\u201d field. Scammers have the ability to mask email addresses, making the message appear to come from a legitimate source. But they don\u2019t always use it. In this scam, the \u201cGoogle\u201d emails aren\u2019t actually from a @google.com address.\r\n\r\n\u2022 Watch for typos, strange phrasing and bad grammar. Scammers can easily copy a brand\u2019s logo and email format, but awkward wording and poor grammar are typically a giveaway that the message is a scam. In the example above, the phrases \u201climit quota\u201d and \u201cdeferred email\u201d are a sign that something\u2019s not right.\r\n\r\n\u2022 Hover over URLs to reveal their true destination. Typically, the hyperlinked text will say one thing, but the link will point somewhere else. Scammers either set up fake websites or hack into third-party sites and use them to host malware.\r\n\r\n\u2022 Watch for look alike URLs. Be wary of sites that have the brand name as a subdomain of another URL (i.e. brandname.scamwebsite.com) or part of a longer URL (i.e. companynamecustomersupport.com).\r\n\r\nFor more information, please visit BBB.org\/canton.