Posts Tagged: Pharmaceutical


Fake ‘You have missed emails’ GMail themed emails lead to pharmaceutical scams

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Pharmaceutical scammers are currently mass mailing tens of thousands of fake emails, impersonating Google’s GMail in an attempt to trick its users into clicking on the links found in the spamvertised emails. Once users click on them, they’re automatically exposed to counterfeit pharmaceutical items, with the scammers behind the campaign attempting to capitalize on the ‘impulsive purchase’ type of social engineering tactic typical for this kind of campaign.

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Pharmaceutical scammers impersonate Facebook’s Notification System, entice users into purchasing counterfeit drugs

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By Dancho Danchev Opportunistic pharmaceutical scammers are currently spamvertising tens of thousands of bogus emails impersonating Facebook’s Notification System in an attempt to trick users into clicking on the links, supposedly coming from a trusted source. Once users click on the links found in the fake emails, they’re exposed to counterfeit pharmaceutical items available for purchase without a prescription. More details:

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Pharmaceutical scammers spamvertise YouTube themed emails, entice users into purchasing counterfeit drugs

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Pharmaceutical scammers are currently spamvertising a YouTube themed email campaign, attempting to socially engineer users into clicking on the links found in the legitimately looking emails. Upon clicking on the fake YouTube personal message notification, users are redirected to a website reselling popular counterfeit drugs. The cybercriminals behind the campaign then earn revenue through an affiliate network. More details:

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Spamvertised ‘YouTube Video Approved’ and ‘Twitter Support” themed emails lead to pharmaceutical scams

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Just like true marketers interested in improving the click-through rates of their campaign, pharmaceutical scammers are constantly looking for new ways to attract traffic to their fraudulent sites. From compromised web shells on web sites with high page rank, the impersonation of legitimate brands, to the development of co-branding campaigns, pharmaceutical scammers persistently rotate the traffic acquisition tactics in an attempt to trick more end users into purchasing their counterfeit pharmaceutical items. In this post, I’ll profile two currently spamvertised campaigns impersonating YouTube and Twitter, ultimately redirecting end users to pharmaceutical scams. More details:

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Research: U.S accounts for 72% of fraudulent pharmaceutical orders

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Just how profitable is spam? Who’s buying the counterfeit pharmaceutical items advertised so heavily in a huge percentage of the spam campaigns currently circulating in the wild? According to a newly released report by the University of California at San Diego, although hundreds of thousands of people visit the fraudulent pharmaceutical scam sites, only a small percentage of them is actually purchasing the counterfeit pharmaceutical items. In this particular case, the United States leads with 72% of total purchases from fraudulent pharmaceutical sites. More details:

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Pharmaceutical scammers launch their own Web contest

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What are pharmaceutical scammers up to? From active participation in black hat search engine optimization campaigns, to spamvertising of bogus links – including QR Codes – and compromising of web sites with high page rank in order to redirect to pharmaceutical scams, scammers are keeping themselves pretty busy in order to monetize as much web traffic as possible. Recently, one of the most popular affiliate network for selling counterfeit pharmaceutical items launched its own Web contest. Let’s take a look.

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