Gmail phishing email lures punters with cash prize

Sophos has warned Netters to be aware of a widespread phishing email that uses a big cash prize lure as a means of getting punters to click on the embedded Web site address.

The IT security vendor says that the Gmail email suggests that punters have won a $500 cash prize - if they simply `click here' to cash in.

The link users are directed to click on pretends to be a legitimate Gmail link, but actually takes them to a Web page asking them for their details and an $8.60 payment.

"Of course this email wasn't really sent by the folks at Gmail, and the 500 dollar cash prize doesn't exist. Anyone tempted to try and collect it is in danger of walking straight into a trap set by these fraudsters," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos (fx: doffs cap in the presence of IT security royalty -Ed).

"People need to learn that there is no such thing as a free lunch, and be much more wary of unsolicited email communications whoever they may appear to come from," he added...