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Fake Gmail ‘Deferred Message’ Notification Opens Spam Drugstore Website

by Brett M. Christensen

According to this email, Gmail has found a deferred message in your account. The email includes a link that offers to show you the deferred message.

Supposedly, the message is a ‘mandatory email service announcement’ from Gmail.

However, the email is not from Gmail and clicking the link does not let you read any messages, deferred or otherwise.

Instead, the email opens an incarnation of the infamous Canadian Pharmacy website. The site tries to peddle all manner of pharmaceutical products, all without the need of a doctor’s prescription.

If you buy via these sites, you may or may not get the products you ordered. But, even if you do get the products, you could be risking your health by taking them.
You simply cannot know if the products you purchase are what they claim to be. And, since you do not need a prescription to buy them, you might end up taking medicine that could interfere with other medication you are taking with serious repercussions.

Furthermore, any site that is so unethical that they are willing to use underhand and deliberately deceptive spam messages certainly should not be trusted with your credit card details.  Often, such sites do not even use secure payment systems, which might further expose your financial information.

And, in some cases, the sites may also harbour malware.

The spammers who run these campaigns bank on the fact that at least a few people who are tricked into visiting the drugstore website will linger and buy its products.  And, given how common such spam campaigns are, the tactic obviously pays off for the spammers.

 

Subject: Our system have found deferred message in your account
Our system have found deferred message
Show me deferred message .
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You received this mandatory email service announcement to update you about important changes to your Gmail product or account.

Gmail, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA’

GMail Pharmacy Spam Email



Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer