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Spam Mail Volumes Drop, Reports Kaspersky

According to the 'May 2012 Spam Report' by Kaspersky Labs, the security company observes that spam volumes in general declined against the total e-mail traffic during May 2012, with the contribution falling at the rate of 3.4% while reaching its nadir at 73.8% ever-since 2012 began. In spite of it, Internet-users continue to encounter all the dangers related to malicious attachments as well as other ruses that online scammers utilize.

The report explains that during recent months, the most routine junk e-mails distributed consisted of those offering opportunities for joining various manufacturers carrying out different goods' production in China alternatively individuals ready to make resale of Chinese products.

Normally such spam mails consisted of brief texts assuring large gains by selling unnamed "textiles" else "plastic goods" like during May 2012, bulk e-mails were dispatched apparently from a "socks producer."

Moreover, the above kind of mass e-mails that suppliers or manufacturers from China dispatched can be safely described as one fresh scam that customized the Nigerian e-mail fraud wherein the scammers, by vigorously exploiting investors increasing enthusiasm for the Chinese marketplace, reaped personal gains.

Kaspersky Labs' report also talks about spam mails associated with Father's Day and Mother's Day both international holidays that are observed during June and May respectively. While different countries have different dates for the celebrations, in the majority of them, these are the 3rd Sunday of June and the 2nd Sunday of May respectively.

This year (2012), USA, Canada and many nation states of Western Europe observed May 13 as Mother's Day. Post Valentine's Day, this day round, spammers popularly send huge messages from partner programs, presenting different kinds of aromatic flowers. One other partner program as well touted 'presents' on the occasion of Mother's Day. The holiday was further exploited for distributing traditional partner spam presenting bogus accessories and designer watches.

Finally, alongside the above findings, the latest Kaspersky study also highlights that financial organizations were again the favorite attack points for phishers, accounting for 24.5% of incidences, with total assaults against e-pay and bank accounts rising 0.9% in May 2012 over that of April 2012.

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