Google+, a new social networking website has caught the attention of spammers. The internet con artists have used genuine-looking invitations in order to ploy people into buying E.D. pills.
Google+ officially launched recently, and online charlatans have spared next to no effort taking advantage of the developing social network in the hopes of advertising unlicensed erectile dysfunction remedies from sketchy web-pages. What was considered to be more or less the invite of a lifetime – a legitimate-looking e-mail message enticing you to “learn more about Google+” - was more than likely sent by spammers attempting to promote junk-enhancing drugs like Viagra.
The feign invites looked so much like the bona fide ones sent by Google+, that just before being caught by the security merchant Sophos they could fool just about anyone. Posted in a blog by Graham Cluley – senior technology consultant of Sophos – “The messages look similar to the real emails that users may receive from friends who are already members of Google+. However, clicking on the links will not take you to the new social network, but instead take you to a pharmacy website set up to sell the likes of Viagra, Cialis and Levitra."
The Google+ project aims to break in to the social networking market in a big way, and it just might succeed.
Ushered in on 28 June, Google's answer to sites like Facebook brought members on board on an invitation-only basis. Initially those inducted into Google+ were prodded to invite people they knew, but due to “insane demand" the solely proposal-based venture came to an end the next day according to senior vice president of Google's social media group, Vic Gundotra.
Even with the invites fabricated and the actual links heading to crude pharmaceutical sites and promotions (including one for the 4th of July), there is quite a sense of curiosity as to what it all is. More than just a few people are clicking these links being inquisitive as to what Google+ has to offer, and perhaps some would actually go and purchase the unlicensed Viagra or Levitra.
"The spammers are no doubt hoping that the email will be too hard to resist for many people eager to see Google's new social network,” Cluley said. “Although just how many users will be tempted to buy drugs online is a mystery."