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And Along Came Father’s Day Spam!

Created: 16 Jun 2010 21:44:23 GMT • Updated: 23 Jan 2014 18:26:49 GMT
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As 52 countries across the world gear up to celebrate Father’s day on Sunday, June 20, Symantec is monitoring the increase in the Father’s Day spam volume since the end of May. Sadly, spammers don’t forget to send out their holiday spam, although a couple of ongoing global events such as the FIFA World Cup and Shanghai World Expo might also draw their attention. The Father’s Day spam messages are similar to Mother’s Day spam, including hit-and-run spam, product promotion, and ecard services. We have observed that spammers registered lots of domains with various From aliases and Subject lines in order to bypass spam filters in hit-and-run spam. These types of spam messages, with Father’s Day headers, can attract readers’ attention.

Symantec is expecting to see more attacks in the coming days and advises users to ignore these messages. Here are some samples of the headers observed:

From: "Gifts for Dad by You" <<Details Removed>>
From: "Father's Day Gifts" <Details Removed>
From: "Gift Ideas for Fathers Day" <Details Removed>
From: "Gifts for Dad by You" <Details Removed>
From: "Personalized Fathers Day Gifts" <Details Removed>
From: "Gifts by You for Dad" <Details Removed>
From: "Unique Gifts for Dad" <Details Removed>
From: "Create A Gift for Dad" <Details Removed>

Subject: Memorable Fathers Day Gifts
Subject: Personalized Gifts for Dads, Grandpas, Uncles, Brothers, and Sons
Subject: Gifts for All the Dads in Your Life
Subject: Personalized Gifts Just for Dad
Subject: Give Dad what he really wants - 25 Premium Cigars w/ Free S&H!
Subject: - Father's Day -
Subject: Father's Day Blowout! % OFF!
Subject: Personalized "My Daddy's Hand" Print for Father's Day


Note: My thanks to blog contributors Amit Kulkarni, Azam Raza, Sooz Thomas, Danyang Wang, Suji S. and Eric Lin.