Google is taking a big step out there and is filing a lawsuit against all the fake drug companies that have gotten their fake prescription ads through the Google ad system. These companies claim that they can get you cheap prescription drugs, but in reality they are scamming you out of money and possibly giving you fake or illegal drugs.
In Google’s blog the company announced that it has officially filed a civil lawsuit against these advertisers. Google believes that the advertisers deliberately broke Google’s terms and others about obtaining and selling medication.
Google seems to be taking a bite out of an increasing market of scammers setting up fake pharmacies and selling illegal drugs. Now don’t be afraid because Google has set up a very fine filter to weed out ads like this, but on very rare occasions the one ad will slip through and cause damage before it is caught.
Google is doing its part in the world of scams and instead of creating filters to block it is actually going after the source. Google has stated in the article released that it will continually add offenders to the ever growing list in the lawsuit as it finds them.
During the past several weeks, Twitter users have been scammed by a message that asks “This You????” plus a link. If the link is clicked, the user is taken to a fake Twitter login screen. If you enter in your credentials once on the fake page, you are not logging onto Twitter but you are sending your user name and password to the bad guys.
The page looks like this:
If you are a victim of this scam it is suggested you immediately change your password.
Google is starting to take those to court who use the Google name to scam money from unsuspecting consumers. Google is fighting back in the hopes of closing down the websites that use its name or logo to trick people. Consumers need to be aware that sites that offer the following information are scams and should be avoided. Google describes the sites as:
“Use Google to Make 1000s of Dollars!” or “Easy Cash with Google: You Could be Making up to $978 a Day Working from Home!” You may have seen offers like these using Google’s name or logo that sounded too good to be true. Unfortunately, nearly all of them are, and, despite hundreds of consumer complaints and our own efforts to keep these sites from tricking people, some scams continue. To fight back, we’re working to stop various fraudulent “Google Money” schemes, and this week filed suit against Pacific WebWorks and several other unnamed defendants.
We can solve only part of the problem — the rest is up to you. Just as you should be careful about giving out financial information in the real world, you should be skeptical and review any offers online before sending any information, and always be on guard when presented with an offer that seems too good to be true. Below is a significantly abridged list of some names that we know are suspect. For more tips on how to spot a scam online or what to do if you think you or someone you know has been tricked.
Be careful out there in Internet land. Don’t fall for any of these scams. If it is too good to be true, it most likely is.
The crooks, thieves and swindlers wasted no time in setting up spam in order to steal stuff from your computer. The prize theft is to steal your passwords so that the bad buys can get into your banking accounts or other financial institutions. It did take a few days for the spammers to gear up, since the death of Michael Jackson took everyone by surprise. But once they did, the crooks are running at full steam.
According to an article over at the San Jose Mercury News, they state the following:
Spam is the most common way for fraudsters to find victims after these types of events. They can use a shotgun approach with a boilerplate message about Jackson, taking advantage of people’s interests in the topic to improve their batting average over their usual spam campaigns.
By enticing users with such messages and tricking them into clicking on e-mail attachments, scammers can easily infect victims’ computers and take command of them for more nefarious activities.
The spam about Jackson’s death gets more convincing every day.
One message promises a YouTube video showing the exclusive “last work of Michael Jackson.” Instead, victims get a malicious program that steals their passwords. Another promises to show the “latest unpublished photos” of Jackson if you click on a link — one that also tries to install a password-stealing program on your machine.
Others purport to be from legitimate news outlets and may contain accurate enough information to convince viewers they’re real enough to click on. Others promise access to secret songs.
The effects of specific spam campaigns, like the one surrounding Jackson’s death, are hard to quantify, though. Spam levels are already so high that there might not be a noticeable increase in overall spam levels, Harnett said. By some estimates spam accounts for more than 90 percent of all e-mail sent around the world, though the bulk of the messages get filtered out before ever reaching the user.
Celebrity deaths are a gold mine for criminals because lots of people go online looking for news. Google says the spike in searches for news stories about Jackson’s death was so sharp the company initially mistook it for an automated attack.
Naturally we all should be cautious of any unsolicited emails with promises that may sound too good to be true. For most of us, this is a no brainer. But we should warn those that we know that may fall for this scheme.
Who are those who creep into your inbox with the intention of defrauding you of your hard earned money? People like this Romanian guy apparently, according to a recent article in DSLReports. In this particular instance, we have an individual who allegedly was hijacking existing eBay accounts in order to post fraudulent eBay auctions.
What is so upsetting about all of this is that 99% of it falls back to a lack of understanding regarding the dangers of phishing. If the end user simply employed half as much common sense as they use with strangers calling and asking for credit card information, we would not be in this mess. Are we as Americans, simply becoming too complacent? Evidence certainly seems to be pointing in that direction, that is for sure.
That’s right. I received an email this weekend from an attorney working for a secret bank in a secret country in which it was determined that I personally am entitled to $10,500,000 from a secret uncle that I didn’t even know I had. To access this secret account, and as a sign of good faith, I must secretly deposit a secret amount of money into a secret account right away! And I must not tell anyone about all this secret stuff!
WOW! 10 million plus change!
This is a typical 419 scam. But instead of being from our friends in Nigeria, this one comes via our friends in England. The alleged sender is an employee of Barclay Banking and was privileged to have setup this secret account for my alleged uncle. This thing is so secret that the bank doesn’t even know anything about it. So contacting the bank will do no good. Only the sender has this secret information.
And he only wants half the money. Which seems fair to me.
These scams hit the Net by the thousands every day. And what is surprising is that people still fall for this con. But for those reading my posting, you are now so well educated that you won’t fall for this scammer’s trap. Be careful out there in cyberspace.
[tags]scam, 419, millions, scammers, Nigeria, money [/tags]