Spammers have found a way to circumvent spam filters – by replicating Gmail address templates. As a result, Gmail.com has become the most abused domain name. According to an article on NetworkWorld, only one percent of Gmail spam emails are from legitimate accounts. Additionally, this minute percentage likely reflects a mix of spammers and accounts that have been compromised.
Currently, fake Gmail emails account for approximately five to ten percent of all spam by volume. While this type of spam is certainly on the rise, it isn’t the only platform being abused by spammers. Other popular messaging formats, such as Facebook and PayPal, are exploited by cybercriminals to conduct a plethora of illegal activity, from spam emails to phishing scams.
Fortunately, email clients, such as Gmail, have become more sophisticated at filtering spam. Therefore, the average user doesn’t have to deal with it on a regular basis. Yet, this hasn’t diminished the amount of spam out there; in fact, the total volume of spam has increased. Replicating common email templates like Gmail and Facebook is the latest way that spammers hope to dupe recipients into falling for their schemes.
In response to increased spam and other cybercrime abuses, Gmail now warns users about suspicious account activity. When it appears that a particular account has been hijacked, Google sends an alert to the user. Using factors such as the IP addresses of successful log-ons, Google can determine whether to send a warning to the user. To report spam abuse on Gmail, click here.