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Consumer Alert: New Form of Penny Stock Spam in MP3 Form Can Be Stopped With SPAMfighter

SPAMfighter Consumer Alert- E-mail users have noticed a new type of spam mail containing MP3 files of songs by well known artists. These MP3 spam messages are now accounting for more and more of the spam mail being sent out.

"Recently we, along with a number of our customers, noticed that spammers have already moved on from PDF and image spam to a new form of tricking people into receiving unwanted mail by using MP3 spam," said Alix Aranza, Managing Director of SPAMfighter North America. "MP3 spam is very difficult for most filters to stop, however, using our community based approach we have already blocked this latest form of spam mail for our entire community," added Aranza.

MP3 files being sent with spam mails are named to appeal to the readers, tricking them into opening the file. Some names being used are names of famous artists such as "snoop.mp3", and "bbrown.mp3". Other MP3 files are named to appeal to the interest of users such as "vmail.mp3" and "funnyduck.mp3". Once opened, users hear a low-quality advertisement for penny stocks.

The main concern with the MP3 files is the size. With some mails being as large as 173 KB, these are the largest forms of spam mail to ever have landed in users' inboxes, taking up a more significant amount of memory space and bandwidth.

SPAMfighter is able to stop these and the latest forms of spam mails due to the community spam filter. If a SPAMfighter user receives a spam mail that has not been filtered, they can report it with one click of a button. Once it has been reported by enough users, it will be automatically filtered out for all other SPAMfighter users. This gives e-mail users in the SPAMfighter community updated protection against the latest forms of spam mail.

About SPAMfighter
SPAMfighter is Europe's leading spam filter developer. The Danish company is owned by the founders of Jubii.dk, Henrik Sørensen and Martin Thorborg, together with two programmers, Daniel Hjortholt and Martin Dyring. SPAMfighter employs 35 people and is based in Copenhagen. www.spamfighter.com

SPAMfighter North America is based in Boca Raton, Florida and is headed by Alix Aranza.
SPAMfighter is debt-free and is 100 per cent financed by income from the sale of the SPAMfighter client. Each day, SPAMfighter removes around 19 million spam messages from 22 million tested emails received by over 4 million users in 216 countries/regions.

For more information, contact Martin Thorborg, info@spamfighter.com SPAMfighter ApS, Nattergalevej 6, DK-2400 Copenhagen NV, Denmark. Phone: +45 7022 1551 Fax (Europe): +45 3323 0376 or Alix Aranza Phone (USA) +1 (561) 962-4166 Fax (USA) +1 (561) 962-4266 uspartners@spamfighter.com

» SPAMfighter - 07-11-2007

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