Billions of Gmail users across the world are being targeted for their personal details.
Users of the popular email service from Google are being warned to keep an eye out for a new scam circulating online.
Fraudulent scammers are attempting to collate personal details from users by sending a seemingly harmless message.
US security company Barracuda Network warned: “Bait attacks are one technique attackers are using to test out email addresses and see who’s willing to respond.”
The company adds scammers are “working to collect information that will help them improve the odds that their attacks will succeed”.
What the Gmail scam will look like
Victims are initially sent a blank message which reads “hi” in the subject line.
This approach means the email address connected to the scammers will bypass any spam filters.
It’s because the email will not include phishing links, malicious attachments…