There is a new scam where hackers send you a text that asks you about a password reset on your account, and if you have not sent this request, to text the word STOP.
Here is how this scam works. The victim receives a text asking whether they’ve requested a password reset for their Gmail account – and, if not, to reply with the word ‘STOP’. Next, they are urged to send the 6 digit numerical code in order to prevent the password being changed.
Don’t fall for it!
What is really happening is that the scammer has requested a password change on their account. That request sends a code to the real account owner to verify that they actually want the password changed. And by sending the attacker the authorization code back, you’re enabling them to complete the password change, and now they have access to the account and all the email.
Remember that Gmail or any other web email service will never ask if you don’t want to do something with your account. You didn’t ask for a password reset, so you shouldn’t be asked about one.
Do not reply to the text (doing so will tell the scammers that they have reached a valid number). To prevent losing your account to scammers, it’s a very good idea to have 2-step verification set up on your Google account.
Let’s stay safe out there.