Malicious actors have devised a strategy to exploit Google Ads by promoting a phishing site masquerading as the legitimate Whales Market, an over-the-counter (OTC) cryptocurrency platform known for trading airdropped tokens.

This counterfeit site, designed to siphon off users' cryptocurrency, appears prominently as a sponsored link within Google's search results, thus exploiting the trust users place in Google-promoted content.

BleepingComputer's investigation reveals that several domains have been registered to mimic the genuine Whales Market, indicating a broad and potentially effective phishing campaign.

Users are advised to exercise caution and verify the authenticity of websites before engaging in any crypto transactions or sharing personal information.