Late last month we told you about the new Google+ service, as the company looks to take on Facebook and Twitter in the social networking market. But today we have news of Google+ the bona fide Web sensation, and spam invites which are surfacing.
When the service was revealed last week invitations were sent out to bloggers, journalists, and other people in the tech world. Google then opened a window for members to invite others according to an article on CNN by Doug Gross. As Google are keeping its new service exclusive for now, this has led to a lot of people reading about other people using it.
This has resulted in spammers sending out authentic looking emails to people inviting them to the service. The emails look similar to the ones which are sent when a friend adds you to a circle on Google+ before actually joining the site.
The links in the email direct users to a website offering the opportunity to purchase Cialis, Viagra, and Propecia amongst other online drugs, instead of going to the Google+ website. No viruses or malware are thought to be uploaded when going through to the link.
Another similar problem is currently affecting Facebook with video links popping up on peoples news feeds. The videos are often titled see what “Happened to his Ex Girlfriend!”, and clicking the link directs you to a page asking you to confirm you are older than eighteen.
As soon as the user clicks yes the same link is put on their news feed, and security provider Sophos suggest if you do this you should immediately remove the link from your news feed. You should also check your profile to see if you have liked something which you didn’t actually click on.
Criminals continue to find different ways to scam people in one way or another, and as social networking continues to grow at a fast pace, this is an area which they continue to pick on. The majority of users are aware of such scams, but the way the criminals try and trick users gets more sophisticated all the time.
Unfortunately there are a few users who are not aware of such scams for one reason or another, so it falls to the people who do know to make sure such users are aware. Have you received any of the Google+ spam emails? Or have you clicked on one of the videos on your Facebook news feed?