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Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Beware of the Google+ Email Scam
Google’s social networking site, Google+, is accessible to only a small group of people and people can join the site only via invitation. The avid social networkers are trying for all possible ways to get Google +invitation from those who have already joined the site. Taking advantage of the desperation among users, to join the site, a Canadian group of hackers called Partnerka, has been sending fake email invites to people asking them to join Google+.
The fake invites look similar to those issued by Google Plus members and the receiver feels that they have come from a real member of the network. However, when the recipient clicks through to join Google+, the link takes them to a Canadian pharmaceutical website selling Viagra, according to the Internet Security firm Sophos that revealed the scam.
Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, says on the site:
“This group is trying to lure uses to a pharmaceutical website by using Google+ invites. The scam is still ongoing and spreading around the world. But, it is quite amateur at this stage as the link doesn’t even take the user to a Google-looking site from which the hackers could then grab users’ personal details. It just takes you directly to the wrong site and most people won’t fall for it – but they should still be careful and check the identity of the person supposedly sending them the invite to join Google+.”
Recently, Sophos revealed another scam that was spreading on the wall of Facebook users, stating that Facebook users will be charged for accessing the site and that they should post the message on the wall and suggest it to friends if they want to gain free access to the site. The cases of social media scams are suddenly on rise, after the launch of Google+.