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Google Groups Spam

May 27, 2009 by Nick Call

The latest trick used by spammers is to utilize Google Groups to distribute their message. Recipients will receive a legitimate email from Google Groups. Since Google Groups is legitimate, spam filters will allow it through, guaranteeing the spammer excellent distribution. However, the link contained within the email will lead to the spammer's illegitimate Google Group post, which will link you over to the spammer's website. These are usually for adult sites, pharmaceutical sites, and other sites intended to separate you from your hard earned money. The "red flag" that this is illegitimate is that if you may receive these emails even though you are not following any topics in any Google Group. To play it safe, delete any emails coming from Google Groups. If you are following a topic on a Google Group, go to Google and read the posts online, avoid the email. - Nick