Spam, drugs and naughty nurses

Graham Cluley

Take a look at these two faces.

They look trustworthy enough – she has a welcoming smile on her face, and he has his arms crossed in that friendly authoritative Peter Norton kind-of way.

What’s more, white medical coats and casually draped stethoscopes give them an air of authority.

Yep, these guys know what they’re doing – and probably most of us would feel reassured if they were the ones who were about to operate on our gallstones, or try to sell us some Viagra.

Hang on a minute. Sell us Viagra?

Yep, chances are that some of you will be familiar with these two faces, as they’re frequently used on Canadian Pharmacy websites that offer to sell you a number of drugs to improve your performance in the bedroom.

My guess is that the folks who set up the pharmacy websites promoted via spam have chosen these stock photographs of models dressed up in medical gear in the hope that it will make them stick out as the most trustworthy online store for purchasing drugs (which may or may…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.