Explore the latest news and trends  

Sign up for our weekly security newsletter

Be the first to receive important updates on security


Spammers Readying Themselves With Valentine’s Day-Themed E-mails

Symantec, the security company cautions that spammers are actively readying themselves for February 14, the Valentine's Day. As a matter of fact, the company observes that spam mails themed with Valentine's Day have been circulating from early January 2011, while during the just passed time-interval it witnessed an increase in the event-based spam promoting different products.

Moreover, according to Symantec, the spam messages have many headers such as "Personalized gifts for your Valentine," "Super great designer watches," "Very Hush-Hush Valentine's Day Offer," "An original gift for Valentine's Day" and "$19.99 Flowers for Valentine's Day + FREE Vase" among others.

Furthermore, the company states that the spam mails promoting bogus items at reduced rates as also the Web-links embedded on the e-mails divert users onto spam sites that instruct to provide personal information.

Also, product-related junk e-mails that contribute a 50% share in the total spam are likely to continue as the most prevalent category in contrast with others that include Internet (31%), medicines (11%), dating (7%), and rest (1%), Symantec highlights.

Worryingly, this security company's researchers aren't alone in spreading the alert regarding junk messages associated with the Valentine's Day. Investigators from Kaspersky another security company too are spreading a similar alert.

Says Darya Gudkova an expert at Kaspersky Lab, when it is February it means time for Valentine's Day-themed junk e-mails. According to the researcher, already plentiful advertisements presenting costly chocolates and alcohol, leather items and jewelry, romantic tours intended for couples, and so on are being spammed.

As usual, it isn't recommendable to purchase from spam. For, although the deals may appear fabulous, yet whatever may come by way of return can really be disappointing, in case the goods are at all delivered.

Moreover, there's an immense probability that cyber-criminals will exploit the credit card particulars utilized for making such purchases, as no reputable business runs these Internet stores.

Eventually, e-mail-users are suggested that they must instantly delete spam coming into their inboxes after having reported them. And, if anyone strongly wishes for gifting anything to somebody, it'll be more appropriate to search the product independently, preferably through established websites.

Related article: Spammers Continue their Campaigns Successfully

» SPAMfighter News - 2/9/2011

3 simple steps to update drivers on your Windows PCSlow PC? Optimize your Slow PC with SLOW-PCfighter!Email Cluttered with Spam? Free Spam Filter!

Dear Reader

We are happy to see you are reading our IT Security News.

We do believe, that the foundation for a good work environment starts with fast, secure and high performing computers. If you agree, then you should take a look at our Business Solutions to Spam Filter & Antivirus for even the latest version of Exchange Servers - your colleagues will appreciate it!

Go back to previous page