11/9/2005

Google Phishing Scam Promises a $400 Windfall

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 9:27 am

Fraudsters are using a promise of a $400 prize from Google as bait in a new phishing scam aimed at stealing credit card data, a security experts has warned.

A fake copy of the Google Web site hosted on a server in the U.S. displays the message: “You WON $400.00 !!!”, security monitoring company Websense said in an alert Tuesday. To collect their prize, “winners” are asked to click on to a second page that asks them for their credit card details and address, Websense said.

The fraudulent Web site was advertised in a spammed e-mail message, Websense said. The San Diego-based company’s Websense Security Labs has an automated system that scans the Web for malicious sites and sells a product to protect customers against those threats. As with all phishing scams, Internet users in general can protect themselves by being cautious with e-mail and not following links in spammed messages.

Source: News.com

 

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