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Spam Pretends as Spam Notification Message

Spammers trying to counteract anti-spam filters have lately begun disguising their e-mails that now pose as notices of spam quarantine. The security company which has detected these e-mails is Trend Micro.

During normal viewing, the spam mail appears very convincing explained the security researchers at the firm. But, on closely inspecting the message, it is found that apparently some security firm has sent it, whereas the domain name of the sender is indosatm2.com in actual.

Reportedly, the spoofed or phishing e-mail tells the recipient that the administrator has blocked an electronic mail destined for the user. It further tells the recipient that he can ignore it in case he doubts it as spam or else open a given web-link for verifying the said e-mail.

Remarking about the spammer's new tactic, security researchers at Trend Micro stated that it was quite clear that the spammers were taking advantage of the recipients' inquisitiveness. Anyone curious about knowing the quarantined e-mail's content might end in opening the web-link.

However, Trend Micro states that the website associated with the link, which is actually malicious, has now been blocked. Still, this scam must be taken care of, as an alert for the future, according to the security company.

Meanwhile, remarking about the newly circulating spam scheme, Trend Micro's researchers stated that it was clearly a new tactic for spammers who were being more creative in eluding anti-spam filters.

Notably, spammers attempting at eluding filters by using sophisticated techniques is nothing new. In October 2009, security researchers at Webroot spotted a spam scheme, which utilized the redirection mechanism of the Bing search engine for getting past spam filters while distributing malicious links through e-mails. The spammers also exploited the 'lnk.ms' link shortening mechanism of MySpace to camouflage the website with which their spam link was associated.
Finally, the researchers advised users to treat all e-mails with suspicion if they contained a link. It is important that users remained careful while opening such messages and following their embedded links, however much legitimate they appeared. Actually, there is never any harm in being extra cautious, the researchers added.

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