Since Father’s Day is just a week away, we at Symantec have been tracking the prevalence of Father’s Day spam during the past two weeks. Father's Day is a day honoring fathers, celebrated on the third Sunday of June in the United States and many other countries. This year it will be celebrated on June 21.
Father’s Day typically involves gift-giving, special dinners, and family-oriented activities. This common knowledge gives spammers an opportunity to promote fake products and come up with lucrative-sounding offers.
The majority of the spam related to Father’s Day that we have observed consisted of Internet offers for special discounts on various products such as PDAs, cigars, and satellite dish-DVRs. Other offers included personalized gift cards, wine makers, premium coffee collections, and e-cards.
The spam messages linked to Father’s Day typically involve words like “Father’s Day,”...