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Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail users warned they were at risk of another scam

Billions of Gmail users around the world are targeted for their personal data.

Users of the popular messaging service Google are warned to keep an eye out for a new scam circulating online.

Fraudulent crooks attempt to collect personal information from users by sending a seemingly harmless message.

US security firm Barracuda Network warned, “Bait attacks are a technique attackers use to test email addresses and see who is ready to respond.

The company adds that the crooks “are working to collect information that will help them improve the chances of their attacks being successful.”

What will the Gmail scam look like

Victims first receive a blank message that says “hello” in the subject line.

This approach means that the email address connected to the crooks will bypass all spam filters.

This is because the email will not include any phishing links, malicious attachments, or malware that is typically detected by spam blockers.

A second email will then be sent by the crooks posing as a person or business they know through their contact details.

Affected Yahoo and Hotmail users and

Experts have rekindled Yahoo users and Hotmail scammers are also inundated with scam messages.

Experts say adding additional security measures, including specific software to identify scams, will help protect users from scammers.

Users are also reminded to mark anything they suspect to be a scam in their spam folder which will keep them safe in the future.

Billions of Gmail users around the world are targeted for their personal data.

Users of Google’s popular messaging service are warned to keep an eye out for a new scam circulating online.

Fraudulent crooks attempt to collect personal information from users by sending a seemingly harmless message.

US security firm Barracuda Network warned, “Bait attacks are a technique attackers use to test email addresses and see who is ready to respond.

The company adds that the crooks “are working to collect information that will help them improve the chances of their attacks being successful.”

What will the Gmail scam look like

Victims first receive a blank message that says “hello” in the subject line.

This approach means that the email address connected to the crooks will bypass all spam filters.

This is because the email will not include any phishing links, malicious attachments, or malware that is typically detected by spam blockers.

A second email will then be sent by the crooks posing as a person or business they know through their contact details.

Affected Yahoo and Hotmail users and

Experts have rekindled Yahoo users and Hotmail scammers are also inundated with scam messages.

Experts say adding additional security measures, including specific software to identify scams, will help protect users from scammers.

Users are also reminded to mark anything they suspect to be a scam in their spam folder which will keep them safe in the future.