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Another day, another online phishing scam, but this one makes use of Google Translate to make it appear legitimate at first glance. Simply put, these group of hackers masks the phishing with a Google Translate URL (www.translate.google.com), and once the victim clicks on that link, they will be redirected to the Google Translate portal, which load the phishing page with the Google Translate toolbar up top in an iframe. One more thing to note is that the sender is “[email protected]” and not even a Google or GMail address. Read more to see what that page looks like.
“However, things might be more dangerous when it comes to mobile devices. For example, on a smartphone, it is not possible to hover over the link and see its true nature. Furthermore, users might mistake Google Translate toolbar for a phone browser’s address bar, and simply not pay attention to indicators that they are not on the right page,” reports Koddos.