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Spammers Distributing Fake Google Invite Messages: Sophos

Investigators from Sophos the security company are warning that spammers are dispatching malicious e-mails posing as communications from Google. Feigning as welcome e-mails, these spam messages reportedly, falsely invite recipients to a social networking service, which Google has freshly launched.

Apparently according to Sophos, the spammers use one genuine template of Google notification at the time an end-user forwards a message to somebody who isn't yet browsing the network, as well as revise the web-links.

The forwarded post has been falsely named "Welcome to the Google project" in order that it may seem as being part of an invitation.

But, a web-link follows, facilitating to "see or remark about the post" along with one "Learn more about Google" button. In common situations, this button must take users onto the Google Internet site where they can register a personal account with Google's social network that's yet within a terminated stage of beta testing.

Nevertheless, each of the web-links inside the spam mails is currently altered to take users onto one malicious Internet pharmaceutical site that belongs to the Canadian Family Pharmaceutical associate scheme.

Note security investigators at Sophos, spam mailers keep on striving for exploiting current news events; however, with the phony Google welcome e-mails, they have been fortunate enough to craft a perfect scam. Users generally are keen towards following Google web-links for knowing precisely the service's offers, they add.

Meanwhile, remarking about the above mentioned e-mail spam campaign, Senior Technology Consultant Graham Cluley stated that undoubtedly the spammers were hoping that people would barely be able to resist viewing the freshly-introduced social network of Google, though what number of users exactly would plunge into drug purchases over the Net was a mystery. Computerworld.com published this on July 1, 2011.

And since the above kinds of spam runs are so malicious, security specialists suggest certain easy safety tips like not viewing spam mails of the above type, while doing away with clicking through electronic mails supposedly from Google.

Moreover, it's advisable that users should load suitable filters, which will in the very first instance block spam mails from landing into their mailboxes.

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