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New spam/scam trends for this summer knock out Victorian fiction

Unhappy, lonely, seduced and abandoned women substitute hot babes

It looks like the golden age of hot, arousing, sex-related spam and scams is beginning to fade. What once seemed an incessant source of inspiration for luring the naive and avid of carnal pleasure into the realm of the on-line frauds now tends to dry.

Who or what is to be blamed for this dramatic change? The financial turmoil, an increasing tendency towards home and family reclusion, the rise in the appetite for safe sex (please read “no strings attached”) and several other ingredients have made spammers drop the badly, wanted, until recently, spam chicks. In their search for credibility, e-criminals have switched to abandoned and unhappy housewives and widows, longing to belong.

Is this a strategic shift towards an audience consisting of single, middle class men, “cubicle heroes” with a steady income and a chubby 401K in an age of recession? One can never tell. What’s sure is that unsolicited e-mails allegedly sent by single or divorced, young to middle-aged, educated and virtuous women looking for a “companion”, as in the example below, have begun to multiply.

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Figure 1 – A purportedly innocent young Russian woman who “still believes in fairy tales” is now waiting “for the prince on a white horse” from…the USA.

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Figure 2 – An allegedly respectable widow of a cocoa and coffee plantation owner from Cote d’Ivoire, without any offspring and suffering from cancer (and high blood pressure, mind you!) seeks soothing in charity and needs the recipient’s help to place the 10 million dollars her husband left her to be donated to orphanages.

My cynic advice – hit the Del key without remorse and send these messages into oblivion.

Safe surfing everybody!

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About the author

Răzvan LIVINTZ

With a humanities passion and background (BA and MA in Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest) - complemented by an avid interest for the IT world and its stunning evolution, I joined in the autumn of 2003 the chief editors' team from Niculescu Publishing House, as IT&C Chief Editor, where (among many other things) I coordinated the Romanian version of the well-known SAMS Teach Yourself in 24 Hours series. In 2005 I accepted two new challenges and became Junior Lecturer at the Faculty of Letters (to quote U2 - "A Sort of Homecoming") and Lead Technical Writer at BluePhoenix Solutions.

After leaving from BluePhoenix in 2008, I rediscovered "all that technical jazz" with the E-Threat Analysis and Communication Team at BitDefender, the creator of one of the industry's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified security software. Here I produce a wide range of IT&C security-related content, from malware, spam and phishing alerts to technical whitepapers and press releases. Every now and then, I enjoy scrutinizing the convolutions of e-criminals' "not-so-beautiful mind" and, in counterpart, the new defensive trends throughout posts on www.hotforsecurity.com.

Balancing the keen and until late in night (please read "early morning") reading (fiction and comparative literature studies mostly) with Internet "addiction", the genuine zeal for my bright and fervid students with the craze for the latest discoveries in science and technology, I also enjoy taking not very usual pictures (I'm not a pro, but if you want to see the world through my lenses, here are some samples http://martzipan.blogspot.com), messing around with DTP programs to put out some nifty book layouts and wacky t-shirts, roaming the world (I can hardly wait to come back in the Big Apple), and last but not least, driving my small Korean car throughout the intricacies of our metropolis's traffic.