Spam Emails Impersonating ‘Gmail’ Redirect Internauts to Shady Pharmacy Websites
Cyber thugs are once more employing bogus Gmail emails trying to redirect unsuspicious Internauts to shady websites, reported softpedia.com on November 11, 2013.
This message asserts to be an automated email from Gmail informing recipients that they have 4 (four) missed emails that need to be read and they are asked to click a URL so as to get redirected to the missed emails. Additional links contained in the emails apparently permit them to unsubscribe to such emails, access settings of such accounts or read 'help files'.
But, Gmail is not the email's sender and all URLs in the notification open a spam site of shady drug store which tries to promote all types of pharmaceutical goods.
The masterminds of this attack know that some Internauts will visit the spam site and buy a few of its products which are being offered at rock-bottom price. The Internaut might make the purchase if his money position is tight and he feels embarrassed to visit a doctor.
It's hard that those who purchase on the dodgy site will actually receive the goods ordered by them. And, the cyber crooks advertising and working underground are putting customer's health, and also their personal and financial details in danger.
Security experts analyzing the ongoing attack comment that criminals have no difficulty to break the legal rules to endorse these websites and Internauts can be certain that they will have no qualms in exploring their confidential data or promoting their medicines which may jeopardize their life in the long run.
Unfortunately this is not the first time and certainly not the very last time that swindlers are brandjacking reputed brands to trick Internauts into clicking on the URLs attached with the bogus emails because we have already witnessed them brand-jack 'Facebook's Notification System', 'YouTube' and the fictional Google Pharmacy. Security experts add "due to the (natural) existence of associate networks for pharmacy items, we anticipate that Internauts will keep on being duped to these pseudo-bargain pacts thereby stimulating the expansion of cyber-crime economy".
Therefore experts recommend to never click on links or attachment contained in unsolicited emails and ensure that user's computer is updated with antivirus software.
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