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Spammers Actively Exploited Mother’s Day

Since the second half of April this year, spammers were busy circulating junk e-cards and spam e-mails related to the Mother's Day until May 10, 2009, when the occasion got finally over.

As per the reports, spammers sent last-minute baskets of fruit, chocolates and flower e-mails on large scale in order to trick users on the Mother's Day on May 10, 2009.

Security experts at the security firm Sophos stated that although Mother's Day was celebrated on May 10, 2009 in the US, it is observed on different days in different parts of the world. Thus, a British netizen might have celebrated the Mother's Day (or the Mothering Sunday) on March 22, 2009, i.e. the fourth Sunday of March. On the other hand, if the netizen is an Argentine, there is no real reason to worry at present, as Argentina will celebrate the Mother's Day on the third Sunday of October 2009.

Prashant Kumar, a blogger on Sophos website, noted that on the Mother's Day, he was keeping a close watch on all sorts of spam pouring into the spamtraps of the Company and without any surprise it was the Mother's Day scam that was mainly trying to trick the people on that day, as per the statement published by Sophos on May 10, 2009.

Furthermore, Kumar reported that while analyzing a spam site, it seemed to be of MyFunCards.com. When he made attempts to download the website's content, he found that the access was prevented for the users of web appliance.

However, these special occasion scams are not new at all; in fact, these are becoming very common. Supporting the fact, Prashant Kumar stated that he had seen e-card scam relating to various special occasions such as the Father's Day, Christmas and the Labor Day.

In this regard, Senior Technology Consultant at Sophos, Graham Cluley, urged Internet users to boycott such companies that take help of spam to raise the sales of their products around special occasions such as Mother's Day, as reported by DARKREADING on May 8, 2009.

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