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Phishers use Gmail

by Ivana Strahija on July 11th, 2006 Sophos has discovered an interesting phishing plot directed at Gmail users. The unsuspecting user is offered $500 to click on the link.

Once more we report of phishers, and a not so genius plan to rob Gmail users of their online banking details. The phish was discovered by Sophos security researchers, who warned that a phishing e-mail offering a cash prize from Google was circulating the web.

In the mail 'Google' informs the user that he was randomly selected to receive a $500 prize, which would be paid directly to their paypal, moneybookers, e-gold or stormpay account. All the user has to do is click on the link provided. If the user indeed clicks on the link, he is taken to a website saying there was a problem with the payment and that he needs to pay $8,60 membership fee and reveal his banking information.

-Of course this email wasn't really sent by the folks at Gmail, and the $500 cash prize doesn't exist. Anyone tempted to try and collect it is in danger of walking straight into a trap set by these fraudsters, said Sophos' Graham Cluley.

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