Spam

  • A spammed message purporting to come from Starbucks is making its rounds on the Web. It informs the recipients that Starbucks is supposedly giving out gift cards via a link in the email message.
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  • Spammers are still using celebrities' names and events to get users to click malicious links. This spammed message claims to have photos of actress Lindsay Lohan undressing inside a jail.
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  • Scammers are now using a new tactic to victimize users: putting a message in the Subject field of the spammed messages. These spammed messages claim to come from FBI agents or from Angela and Dave Dawes, Britain’s third biggest lottery jackpot winners last October.
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  • TrendLabs received spammed messages that use the names of high-profile personalities such as Helena Wong (seen above), Susan Canon, and Conan Boyle, among others, to trick users into opening an .HTML file attachment.
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  • Halloween is often a time for executing tricks and scares and spam emails are no exception, as proven by this spam sample Trend Micro received recently. The message purports itself to be from the Navy Safety Center, bearing a .
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  • Major sporting events can always be counted on to grab the attention of the public. Trend Micro researchers came across spammed messages that use the upcoming boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez to entice users into opening the email message.
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  • Trend Micro researchers received samples of email messages that spoof CNN and claim to have an exclusive document from Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Calderon. Written in Spanish, the messages claim that this document is proof that President Calderon received money from Venezuelan President Hugo Rafael Chavez, supposedly to be used in buying the Guajira Peninsula in Colombia.
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  • TrendLabs received a sample of another spam variant that leverages the death of former Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi. It claims to be from Ayesha al-Gadhafi, daughter of the former Libyan leader.
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  • With the death of former Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi comes a slew of socially-engineered spam taking advantage of this historical event. The first variant of the received spam claims to be a CNN newsletter in Spanish, advertising a link where the user supposedly could download the video of his death in full.
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  • A new spam run using Facebook's name is on the loose. It bears the subject Facebook Lottery Promotions and informs users their email address was selected for the supposed 'Facebook Lottery Promotion.
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