If our previous tops looked pretty much alike, with little variation in words and their proportion, this week’s spam review unveils a new spam term that managed to strike gold.
1. Less WEIGHT, more fun
This week’s number one spam term is WEIGHT. It has been identified by the BitDefender Antispam researchers in mail messages advertising the “perfect Christmas gift”: replica watches.
A closer look into the spam message revealed that the spammer is using specific patterns in the receipt list. For instance, the above spam wave has been sent to all users whose email address begin with bogdan. and use the free mail service offered by Google (Gmail).
2. One-CLICK wonder
Ranking second in our spam top, the word CLICK has been identified in a spam campaign advertising the same type of products: knock-off watches and designer bags at discounted prices. This type of messages started to flood users’ inboxes since early November, but their presence increased, probably boosted by the upcoming winter holidays.
3. FREE credit for Poker sessions
What better place to spend Christmas than an online poker room wasting the money saved for presents? PokerSavvy, one of the biggest spam sources, comes to the rescue with some extra credit for poker addicts. The aggressive advertisement to online poker games is relayed by Bronto.com, a company specialized in e-mail marketing.
4. PLEASE buy a forged university degree
The word PLEASE ranks fourth in this week’s spam top and is frequently encountered in unsolicited emails advertising hassle-free university degrees. According to the message, all the user has to do is to call a number and they will be provided with a college degree.
The message comes with a suspicious subject, namely an alleged “new salary structure” and looks as if it were a forwarded message. This way, the spammer relies on the recipients’ curiosity in order to have the message displayed.
5. The lucky EMAIL
Ranking last in our weekly spam review, the word EMAIL has been identified in unsolicited messages announcing the recipients that they have won a fabulous amount of money at the Yahoo / MSN raffle.
In order to be able to collect the prize, the recipients are required to disclose sensitive details about themselves, such as the full name, the personal address, cell phone and home numbers, occupation, age and the number of the account used for the alleged money transfer. Such details may be used by spammers for credit card fraud or identity theft.
What’s new in the spam landscape?
Product spam has witnessed a tremendous spam as Christmas and the New Year’s Eve are getting closer, especially replica watches and knock-off bags – advertised as “the perfect gifts for Christmas”.
Medicine spam has considerably decreased to a faint fraction of the total amount of spam received via BitDefender honeypots. However, messages advertising “friendly” loans for Christmas already started to show up.