Taking Roll-Call on Graduation Spam
Diploma season is upon us and SPAMfighter is taking a roll-call of malicious spam targeting new graduates who are entering the "real world."
Nothing makes soon-to-be graduates cringe like the sound of, "So what are you doing after you graduate?" For those feeling the post-graduation and recession pressures tugging on their graduation gowns, misleading spam promising "fast and cheap ways to get your next diploma," may seem like a good option.
SPAMfighter has noted a recent increase in reported spam referencing universities, degrees and diplomas in the last month. While not new, this type of devious spam is sidestepping spam filters this season combining vishing and phishing techniques.
Spammers are attempting to trick the user into calling a number and revealing their personal information instead of clicking on a bad link, which is historically how spam has been flagged. In some cases, spammers are even using legitimate university names in their emails, such as University of Phoenix and Kaplan.
"New graduates need to be vigilant and ensure they're dealing with credible institutions before giving out any sensitive information. To avoid being duped, users should also consider community-based spam filters as these offer an added layer of security against vishing - ensuring they receive the emails they want when they need them," says Martin Thorborg co-founder of SPAMfighter.
SPAMfighter takes a unique, community-based approach by empowering users and enabling them to become part of the solution in the fight against spam. By combining award-winning, user-friendly software with a global community of over six million spam fighters worldwide, SPAMfighter offers accurate and proven 24/7 Inbox protection from unwanted spam for FREE. Each day, SPAMFighter removes 15 millions spam messages from 20 million tested emails received by over 6.3 million users in 224 countries.
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