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India Ranked Second in Sending Pre-VD Spam Emails - Trend Micro

Security vendor Trend Micro recently revealed that India ranks second in the log of countries distributing spam emails and this unfortunate threat will probably surge with the Valentine's Day, February 14, just round the corner.

This new development doesn't come as a shocker because not very long ago, the security firm had disclosed that 20% of spam emails distributed globally initiated in India.

Security researchers from Trend Micro have discovered numerous spam messages with Valentine's Day being a keyword within such messages. Instead of leading Internauts to genuine Valentines-based sites these emails land them to swindles or spam-advertising, that is, promotional messages within spam emails.

Rather than flowers or candies, spammers rewarded their victims with email messages that included information about dating websites, rip-offs and spam-vertisements, the security vendor highlighted.

Similar to other unusual occasions, Valentine's Day is generally, if not every time, exploited by scammers to hook onto prospective victims. Nevertheless, with an increased number of people getting connected online, the prospects for cyber crooks are soaring to con the excited and unsuspecting lot. In fact, it is visualized as a fast and good time by them to make large profits. Whether it's duping them (users) into clicking on bogus ads intercepted on social networking websites or opening maligned attachments, such social engineering baits can result into a number of online threats, the security firm notes.

Shedding light on the latest spam campaign, Trend Micro's Managing Director, India & SEA Dhanya Thakkar says that the company identified 117 unique sender IP addresses related to this campaign. Maximum of the spam emails originated in the US, with India, Ukraine, Canada, and the Netherlands following it. These emails came in various languages like Chinese and German, as published by ibtimes.co.in on February 10, 2015.

The company has also suggested some precautions to mitigate the threat of these nefarious emails. They include, firstly, avoid clicking on links, attachments, or other unknown sources that make unrealistic promises that seem practically impossible. In addition to this, always keep an updated operating system (OS) along with apps. And last but not the least, always say a big 'NO' to third-party invitations.

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