This email, which claims to be from ‘Google Service’, supposedly notifies you that you have undeliverable messages. The email, which features the familiar Google logo, includes a ‘more information’ link and ‘View messages’ button that supposedly allow you to access the alleged ‘undeliverable messages’.
However, the email is certainly not from Google and the claim that you can click to view undeliverable messages is a lie. The links in the message open a version of the notorious Canadian Pharmacy website that tries to sell you many types of medication without the need of a doctor’s prescription.
The spammers know that at least a few of the people thus duped into visiting the spam site will linger and purchase one or more of its dodgy products.
People who buy on the site may or may not actually get the products they ordered. But, even if they do get the products, they could be significantly jeopardising their health and wellbeing by taking them. The products they purchase may not be what they claim to be. Furthermore, given that users don’t need a prescription to buy it, they might be inadvertently risking their health by taking medicine that is unsuitable for them. It might also interfere with other medication users are taking with serious repercussions.
It is very risky to trust these spammers with your credit card details. If they are unscrupulous enough to market their products via deliberately deceptive spam messages then they may have no qualms about stealing credit card information and using it to conduct fraudulent transactions. Often, these spam websites do not even use secure payment forms.
This version is just one variant in an ongoing spam attack that has used the names of several high-profile online companies, including Skype, Facebook, Linked-In and Twitter.
If one of these spam messages hits your inbox, do not click on any links that it contains.
Last updated: February 1, 2016
First published: February 1, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen