Spam

  • Trend Micro researchers spotted a spam run that purported to come from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). The spammed message claims that the organization received notice of the recipient’s possible assistance in an unlawful tax refund activity.
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  • With Valentine's Day just around the corner, spammers are leveraging this event to lure users into fake online pharmacy websites. The bogus sites promote Valentine's day special offers on pharmacy-related products.
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  • Trend Micro uncovered bulk samples of spam that sell pharmaceutical products. The message is written in both French and English.
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  • The arrival of this spam coincides with this year's tax season, predictably sent at this specific time in order to take advantage of taxpayers getting their finances in order. Purporting itself to be from financial and tax preparation software company Intuit, Inc, the spammed message informs users that the company has participated in the Internal Revenue Service Name and TIN Matching ProgramIt then notifies users that their account information does not supposedly match the data provided by the United States Social Security Administration(SSA).
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  • Trend Micro received spammed messages purported to be from the Online Security Department of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The message tells the reader that their wire and ACH transactions have been suspended, and goes on to instruct the reader to open the attached file for further information.
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  • Trend Micro received samples of delivery notification purportedly from FedEx. Its appearance and contents are almost indentical to the legitimate FedEx email notification.
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  • In time for the upcoming tax season, Trend Micro spotted samples of spammed messages posing as Fidelity Investments, a well-known American financial institution.The email, which is in a newsletter-format, contains the subject 'Your statement is ready for your review'.
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  • We received a spam sample that spoofs its 'From' field to look like an email report from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team or the US-CERT. It's a bit of an irony that the sample purportedly came from them since the US-CERT aims to protect the nation's Internet infrastructure.
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  • Trend Micro received a sample email notification supposedly from the Federal Ministry of Finance of Malaysia. In the said message, recipients are informed that two gentlemen are claiming to be representatives of the recipients' fund amounting to $10.
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  • Spammers are known to abuse significant world news for their malicious schemes. Similar spam campaigns include the death of Apple's Steve Jobs and Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi.
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