Don’t click on that fake Google doc link!

Fake Hays CISD email that KXAN received.
Fake Hays CISD email that KXAN received.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Here at KXAN we get a lot of emails with a lot of attachments. But when we started seeing multiple emails in our inbox Wednesday afternoon from various senders about a shared Google doc we could download, we knew something was amiss.

The phishing emails are seemingly coming from legitimate Gmail accounts so it’s easy to accidentally click on the link attached. Numerous school districts in Central Texas have fallen victim to the phishing scam, but the emails aren’t coming from the districts’ actual email addresses. All of the emails are also sent to:

Fake Hays CISD email that KXAN received.
Fake Hays CISD email that KXAN received.


A spokesperson for Hays CISD says the Gmail account that was phished is an account they use to access their Google drive but not an actual one they use for correspondence. Lake Travis ISD and Hutto ISD were also included in the phishing scam.

It’s unclear who is behind the attack, but it’s spreading like wildfire.

What to do if you clicked the link

  1. Head over to the My Account page:
  2. Click the “Connected apps & sites” link
  3. Click Manage Apps
  4. If you see “Google Docs” under connected apps, remove it. The real Google Docs app doesn’t show up on this list.
  5. Change your password for good measure provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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