Spam

  • Craigslist has become one of the more popular sites to advertise nearly every service or product. Trend Micro researchers recently received messages which use Craigslist to distribute spammed messages about posting ads for various jobs, services, and sales.
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  • Beware of “mugging” claims from supposed friends or relatives travelling abroad. Scammers use this particular storyline, asking recipients to help out the supposed sender who got mugged while travelling in another country.
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  • Trend Micro researchers spotted spammed messages that contain an attachment bearing details of winning a prize from Google, in line with the company's supposed 12th anniversary. As mentioned, the email uses the Google name as the sender.
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  • Before the 2012 US Presidential Elections, cybercriminals leverage the hype surrounding it by creating a malicious spammed message that features the current President of the United States, Barack Obama. This spammed message purports to come from an online news source and posits scandalous allegations about Obama's sexuality.
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  • Trend Micro researchers received samples of a spammed email message claiming to be an email notification from social networking site Facebook. Written in Spanish, the body of the message informs the readers that a private multimedia message has been received.
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  • With Father’s Day just around the corner, spammers are capitalizing on the said special event for their malicious activities. Spammed messages promoting replica products as gifts for fathers are making rounds today.
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  • There is an observed increase in the number of spammed email using Better Business Bureau's name in May 2012. This particular spammed message, however, contains an attachment.
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  • Spammed messages that land users to websites hosting black hole exploit kits are spotted in the wild again. This phishing campaign purports to come from Citibank and makes use of a legitimate Citibank email notification template to trick users into thinking it is legitimate.
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  • Trend Micro researchers spotted another spam run that leads unsuspecting users to black hole exploit. This spammed message arrives as a supposed notification from Verizon Wireless.
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  • Spammed messages leveraging Mother's day celebration are making rounds again. Trend Micro researchers spotted spammed messages purporting to come from a certain website promoting several product packages in time for Mother's Day celebration.
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