Phishers target Google Gmail users

by admin July 11, 2006 at 3:37 pm

No such thing as a free lunch, warns security expert

IT security experts warned today of a “widespread phishing email campaign” that tries to swindle unwary recipients by pretending to offer a cash prize from Gmail, Google’s popular free email service.

The emails claim that the recipient has been randomly selected for a $500 cash prize, and that the money can be paid automatically if they click on the embedded web link. Part of the email reads as follows:

‘You won $500! Gmail congratulates you!
YOU WON $500!
Gmail gives members random cash prizes. Today, your account is randomly selected as the one of 12 top winners accounts who will get cash prizes from us. Please click the link below and follow instructions on our web site. Your money will be paid directly to your e-gold, PayPal, StormPay or MoneyBookers account.’

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