In both the Google Drive & Docs Help Communities, there is a surge of users complaining about receiving mention notifications. Some spammers are using Google Slides Comments notification to send spam files to GMAIL users. I’ve never understood why there are people who misuse technology to harm or play games with other people. It’s my goal with this post to help Google users learn why this happens and how to protect themselves.
The following are some best practice tips for preventing spammers from obtaining personal email addresses. Unfortunately, spammers have multiple methods for obtaining emails and creating lists to use for spamming purposes. The email lists are not limited to capturing GMAIL addresses. However, this post will focus on GMAIL due to the way the Spammers are using Google Drive Files for spamming & phishing purposes.
It is sad there are malicious people on the internet looking to cause trouble. You may protect yourself by thinking twice before sharing your email address with third parties. Email lists are sometimes generated when you sign up at websites, online newsletters, online contests, Extensions, and etc…
Kindly see the following resource for some tips on how to protect yourself: 5 Simple Ways You Can Fight Spam and Protect Yourself
- Never give out or post your email address publicly
- Think before you click
- Do not reply to spam messages
- Download spam filtering tools and anti-virus software
- Avoid using your personal or business email address
In the meantime, I do suggest reporting the abuse to the Google Drive Team.
- Tap 3 vertical dots
- Select Send Feedback
- Type as many details as possible
- Tap Send
NOTE: Reporting abuse will help provide the data Google needs to collect for deleting the file and possibly closing the SPAMMERS account.
In the Google Drive mobile APP there is a Notification Settings which you may use to protect yourself from receiving further SPAM
- Tap Settings (3 horizontal bars)
- Select Settings
- Tap Notifications
- Select Toggle Off All Notifications
NOTE: You may also toggle off receiving comments and share notification from specific email addresses. Turning off notifications doesn’t stop the spammers but does save you from being bombarded by unwanted notifications.
Hope these tips and suggestions are helpful with minimizing the effects of the comment notification spammers.