It’s strange, but there are more and more dangerous messages appearing that mostly seem to be pointing to Gmail accounts. However, this is not strange. A domain is programmed and then there is a system that adds letters and numbers and sends them randomly. The aim is always to deceive as many users as possible. The new threat consists of what are known as bait attacks. And there’s something very strange about it, mostly because it’s a message sent to Gmail that has nothing in it, but can still fool people!
Warning: If you are using Gmail, delete this message immediately!
This attack was discovered by the Barracuda security team. These are really simple emails. That is, they only have something like hello or hi in the subject line. And believe it or not, this is enough to attract victims!
When we open the message there is nothing. This indicates that there was an error in the submission or something is missing. Then people react to it. I think they thought no one was going to fall for it. The problem is, it’s just the opposite. People tend to react and react!
Although these emails seem harmless, we are telling the system that sent them that our account actually exists. In addition, after our reply, these emails are more difficult to block later, even if they contain spam.
This is more or less similar to those calls or messages we receive from a strange number. We don’t answer and then we return.
In any case, after answering the message, a dialogue begins which in most cases only serves to steal money from us.
Of the latest bait attacks, 90% were sent to Gmail accounts. In fact, those who use this email service must be careful not to reply to these messages.
However, in an attempt to understand how it worked, the security company reacted to one of these reports and within a very short time had another one that demanded 389 euros due to a software purchase. To solve the situation, they had to count a certain number.
The types of scams using fake call centers are increasing and are very profitable businesses. Proofpoint experts estimate that more than 60 million people have asked for money as a result of these programs.