Spam Displaying Tennis Star Promoting Pakistani Gutkha
A spam mail, which indicates the Indian tennis star Sania Mirza supporting a gutkha brand known as Pakistani Gutkha, is drawing high media attention.
Using a prominent sentence 'Sania Bhabhi Gutkha, 72% jyaada strong,' the junk message provides an image file as an attachment and tell readers that they must chew gutkha everyday, the media revealed. Ciol.com published this on May 17, 2010.
Together with the above sentence, there is also a humorous statement on the gutkha advertisement, which makes the message further tempting to view.
To comment on the malicious e-mail, Sania posted a tweet on Twitter.com. She wrote that she was neither approving a gutkha brand nor was connected with one. It was utterly false and a sheer misbehavior that someone did. The tennis star added that her message hopefully would make the issue clear. Mid-day.com published this on May 16, 2010.
Interestingly, Sania isn't alone to become a target of spammers' fraudulent activities.
Cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar too had his name used in spam mails previously. At that time, the campaign circulated online for about a month.
In Tendulkar's case, junk e-mails floated using an 8-photo attachment depicting something like a snail and pointing to Tendulkar's new home at Bandra (Mumbai, India), while mentioning the name of Javier Senoaisain as its architect. However, when Mexico-based Senoaisain read the e-mail, as he was asked to reply to a forwarded copy, he felt puzzled and said that although he was the designer of the house in the City of Mexico, it had little connection with Sachin Tendulkar. He also stated that he had never been to India.
Meanwhile, it's because of the said two kinds of spam mails as well as others like that have led India to fast become a haven of cyber-crime. In fact, the security firm Symantec has declared the country as the greatest spam generating country within the APJ (Asia-Pacific and Japan) region. The company has further described India as the No.3 country in the world as far as spam generation is concerned, in a freshly published study based on a survey carried out in 2009.
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