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Email Vampires Claim to Protect Your Privacy

Created: 30 Mar 2010 18:52:38 GMT • Updated: 23 Jan 2014 18:28:34 GMT
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Keeping personal information private on the Internet is always a concern for computer users. In a new spam tactic, spammers seem keen to bring disrepute to social networking sites and Webmail services by introducing fear, uncertainty, and doubt regarding the security of private online data.

In this spam attack, spammers allege that social networking and Webmail service providers are spying on and reading every email that users send and this can seriously impact use, privacy, and safety. Spammers are targeting human emotions, such as concern for children’s safety and personal online security. The spam message states that a privacy protection service will help users keep social networking and email accounts from being spied on.

Sample email:

The so-called “privacy protectors” claim to give subscribers audio updates about the privacy invaders. To protect the privacy of personal information such as email, videos, photos, etc., spammers ask users to subscribe to their service. After clicking the subscribe link, the user is asked to make the payment:

Exploiting the popularity of big social networking brands for the promotion of fake products is a common spam tactic. And in this attack, spammers try to instill doubt in the user’s mind about the security and privacy of their online data.

To avoid falling victim to such fake offers, users need to verify the legitimacy of any offer by checking the reputation of the service provider, confirming service details, or perhaps contacting the company directly. In this unsolicited promotion, there is no detailed information given for this service. Needless to say, it is an attempt to steal money from victims by damaging the reputation of social networking and messaging services. Hence, we recommend that our users remain very wary of such vague and fake offers, which may result in personal information being jeopardized.

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Note: Thanks to Paresh Joshi for contributed content.