Bigmouthmedia is warning that online fraudsters are targeting Google
AdWords users in an attempt to steal internet traffic and gain access to the
banking details of businesses and individuals.
research from the digital marketing agency, the volume of 'phishing' emails
designed to trick customers into handing over their AdWords account login
details has increased rapidly within the last six months. Analysis of traffic
statistics for April reveals a rise of 240% on the monthly average for 2007.
Victims are targeted not only for the details that would leave them open to
identity theft, but also find their AdWords traffic redirected to the
"Google traffic is as good as cash on the internet, so it was perhaps
inevitable that criminals would begin targeting AdWords users. Our research
shows that 2008 has witnessed a massive leap in these phishing attempts however,
and there is a clear need for site owners to be aware of the threat," said
Todd Rosen, Head of Operations at bigmouthmedia NYC. "Users should remember
that Google's AdWords team will never send an unsolicited message asking for
your password or other sensitive information by email."