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July 11, 2006

Phishing Attack On Gmail

Virus experts from Sophos have reported a strange email sent to Gmail users that claims they have won $500 from Google. The email is a part of a phishing attack that intends to obtain details about users' bank account. When people click on the link included in the email, they are sent to a page that says there has been a problem with the payment and asks a membership fee of $8.60.

Here is the email:

You won $500! Gmail congratulates you!
CONGRATULATIONS!
YOU WON $500!
Gmail gives members random cash prizes. Today, your account is randomly selected as the one of 12 top winners accounts who will get cash prizes from us. Please click the link below and follow instructions on our web site. Your money will be paid directly to your e-gold, PayPal, StormPay or MoneyBookers account.

If you get an email similar to this one, click on "More options" and then on "Report phishing". Google didn't organize such a contest and phishers rely on people's ignorance and greed.

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