In order to get into your email account, an attacker does not need any coding or technical skills. All an attacker needs your email address in question and your cell phone number.
Here’s How the Scam Works:
Send another text message containing an unlock code to the registered phone.
The victim receives the code with a text something like this: “This is Google. There has been unauthorized activity on your account. Please reply with your verification code.
As soon as victim responds with the verification code, the email address is forfeited, and the attacker can log into victim’s Gmail account without detection.
This social engineering trick sounds so easy and requires almost no technical skills to get into anyone’s email account.
Most of us reply to the unknown phone calls and messages thinking it is from the company, as receiving messages and phone calls from companies is not something uncommon.