Spammers hitch a ride on Google Earth
In June 2008 I came across a spam that was offering Google Earth, a free beta product by Google. Why would someone other than Google promote Google Earth, a product that makes no money, I asked myself. A little digging soon provided the answer.
The links in the email take you to "new--features.net" and "now--official.com", which have no connection to Google. Both had only just been registered. Click on these links will take you to "instant-access.org" and on to "secure.signupsecurity.com" (again, no connection to Google) where you get a choice of several subscription plans, ranging from one year at $2.49 per month to three years at $12.97 per year -- for downloading a free product that these people don't even own the copyright to!
So it's an obvious scam.
You can get the real Google Earth download for free at http://earth.google.com, by the way and it's a great product which I have used too.
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