When Aaron Brown (Senior Product Manager) and Bill Weihl (Green Energy Czar) announced that Google will be retiring its “personal health record service” Google Health, who would have thought that the company will find itself “involved” once again with rogue pharmaceutical companies after unknowingly profiting from their ads?
Of course, this time around, online criminals only used Google’s name in an attempt to pique users’ interest and have them start clicking away. Here are the spam details:
From: [email protected]
Subject: At Rx-shop CAILIS is more available
[Google Pharmacy Logo]
We have launched a pharmaceutical interface for Google, as well as several new features that will improve the Google experience for
the people buying pills and using pharmaceutical interfaces.
We are really pleased to have worked on a launch that will help people use pharmacy and surgery.
We are currently working to make it available to even more users with more language interfaces.
Visit Google’s Accredited Pharmacy
The supposed sender is obviously fake, seeing that it used an @irs.com domain. What’s more, this particular email address has been involved in numerous email scams before.
The link cannot be clicked since the entire message body is an image. Spammers designed this spam to bypass normal filters that normally just track texts/URLs within email messages. Such a spam is called image spam.
Recipients of this spam will have to type the URL into a browser’s address bar in order to visit the domain. Once done, they are then led to a page that is not Google Pharmacy (as expected) but to one that looks more familiar to us:
This site is called Pharmacy Express, which should not be mistaken with the legitimate one that is based in New Zealand (1)(2). Spamtrackers.eu gives us its detailed history that dated back from 2007. The screenshot of the webpage above is the latest “page template” of this particular Canadian fake pharma. The URL, iledrugs(dot)com, resolves to the IP address, 60(dot)190(dot)223(dot)190, which is hosted in China.
Jovi Umawing (Thanks to Jesmond)
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