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Love Your Mother At ALL Costs?

Created: 04 May 2011 10:09:29 GMT • Updated: 23 Jan 2014 18:21:22 GMT • Translations available: 日本語
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Who was the one who held you in their arms when you let out your first cry in the world? Did you say “doctor?” Well, that may be true in some cases, but the more obvious answer is “mother.”

Dating back to ancient Greece, mankind held a festival worshiping Cybele, mother of the Greek gods. Mother’s Day is now celebrated around the world, mainly sometime in March, April, or May. The most common date is the second Sunday in May when, in most countries, mothers receive flowers and gifts in celebration of the day. How can spammers miss this special occasion when people are surfing the Internet to try and dig up a sweet surprise to express love and gratitude towards their mothers?

The following are Mother’s Day spam samples that Symantec has recently observed. There is a range of product spam, including flowers, watches, gift cards, and diet products. This latest spam campaign involved both dictionary and domain attack techniques, randomizing the URLs in the message body in attempts to bypass filters—all with alluring slogans and catchy photos. But be warned: if you enjoy online shopping but have been duped into filling out a phishing scam order form, you will most likely be leaking your own personal information.

From: Mother’s Day Gift
Subject:  Let mom sink her teeth into the impossibly delicious gift of berries – from $19.99

From: [Details Removed] Replicas
Subject:  HighQuality Replica Rolex, LouisVuitton, Breitling, Omega, soMuch More!

From: [Details Removed] Exclusive Offer
Subject:  Mother’s Day Exclusive! Flowers from $19.99

From: [Details Removed] Ultra Diet
Subject:  [Details Removed] Diet Drops! Mother’s Day Special!

 

Do you love your mother? I do! And, that’s what spammers take advantage of when this yearly event comes around. Shopping for the perfect gift for your lovely mother might give you a nice warm and fuzzy feeling, but you never know what spammers could do with your personal information and therefore you need to remain cautious. Deleting the spam email that is pouring into your inbox is nothing compared to unauthorized bills coming from out of nowhere. Moreover, are you able to handle the legal issues if your bank account is victimized by fraudsters?

Your mother loves you, and will always want you to stay out of trouble, so stay alert. Symantec security products can keep you clear of spam as well as malware and malicious attacks.

Love your mother, and love her safely!