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Spammers Continue to Exploit Mother’s Day

Created: 06 May 2013 08:43:36 GMT • Updated: 23 Jan 2014 18:07:38 GMT • Translations available: 日本語
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Mother’s Day is celebrated in many countries on May 12 and it’s a day for children, regardless of age, to express their love to their mother by giving her a gift. Spam messages related to Mother’s Day have begun flowing into the Symantec Probe Network. Clicking the URL contained in the spam message automatically redirects the recipient to a website containing a bogus Mother’s Day offer upon completion of a fake survey.

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Figure 1: Survey spam targeting Mother’s Day

Once the survey is completed, a page is then displayed asking the user to enter their personal information in order to receive the bogus offer.

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Figure 2: Fake survey

 

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Figure 3: Bogus Web page asking for personal information

We recently blogged about the persistence of spam with .pw URLs and not surprisingly a lot of the Mother’s Day spam messages contain .pw top-level domain (TLD) URLs. The following are some examples of the From header using .pw URLs that we have identified to date:

  • From: Mother's Day Gifts <Check@[REMOVED].pw>
  • From: "Early Bird Mother's Day Flowers" <postmaster@[REMOVED].pw>
  • From: "Early Bird Mother's Day Bouquets" <noreply@[REMOVED].pw>
  • From: "Mother's Day Bouquets" <MothersDayBouquets@[REMOVED].pw>
  • From: “Mom” <Mom@[REMOVED].pw>

 

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Figure 4: Another dodgy website related to Mother’s Day

Symantec is observing an increase in spam volume related to Mother’s Day, which can be seen in the following graph.

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Figure 5: Volume of Mother’s Day spam

The following are some of the Subject lines observed for these spam attacks:

  • Subject: Don't Forget Mother's Day - $19.99 Chocolate, Dipped Strawberries
  • Subject: Stunning Personalized Gifts for Mother's Day
  • Subject: Top Personalized Mother's Day Gifts
  • Subject: Make Mother's Day Special With A Personalized Gift
  • Subject: Mother's Day Car Deal (Half Off Every Make And Model)
  • Subject: Regarding Mothers Day
  • Subject: Celebrate Mom with a $19.99 bouquet.
  • Subject: Mother's Day Replica's Women's Accessories
  • Subject: Mother's Day Secret Formula.

Symantec advises our readers to use caution when receiving unsolicited or unexpected emails. We are closely monitoring Mother’s Day spam attacks to ensure that readers are kept up to date with information on the latest threats.

Have a safe and happy Mother’s Day!