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Instant Degrees Dominate Spam Subject Lines

Created: 27 Oct 2009 20:31:17 GMT • Updated: 23 Jan 2014 18:31:44 GMT
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Instant degree spam attacks have become one of the most regular attacks monitored in recent months. In an earlier blog post we listed the top five degrees offered by spammers. The messages guided users to online degree sites where recipients needed to actually earn their degree. On the other hand, with instant degrees there is no effort required—just call the number provided in the message and you can obtain a degree certificate in no time. These plain text messages arrived with a variety of subjects, which are listed below this sample message:


We have listed subject lines in descending order of number of appearances:

Get Your Bachelor's Degree Online
Earn a Bachelor's or Master's Degree Online
Enhance Your Career Tomorrow
Earn a Bachelor's or Master's Degree Online
Get Your Bachelor's Degree Online
Bachelors, Masters or Doctorate degree
Receive the desired degree
Online diplomas here
Get a diploma for a better job
Diplomas for everybody
Apply for your diploma
Get a degree with no problems
Masters degree with no efforts
Call for your diploma now
Doctorate degree can be yours
Nominate for the degree you want
Give us a call to get a diploma
Get a diploma for your career
Get a required degree
Call right now for your degree
Degree in any field
Get your diploma immediately

We observed that the above subject lines commanded their presence (a little short of 50 percent’s worth) in a list of the 50 most frequently seen subjects for the last 30 days. Indirectly, it also means that this attack has been consistently trying to reach users’ inboxes by utilizing different subject headers. We are blocking these messages effectively and foresee no challenges as a result of the spam.

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