The latest trend in Russian language spam shows that spammers have started promoting Make Money Fast (MMF) schemes where users are told that money can be easily made with the use of binary options trading.
The sample observed by Symantec has the usual spam traits including a catchy subject, which highlights a large sum of money someone is making every month, to grab the attention of the recipient.
The spam is sent from mail.ru, the largest free email service in Russia, with the account name stating the age of the person linking it to the subject line. The following is a translation of the email header:
Subject: $3700 a month – this retiree making more than you?
This is an effective trick, especially during the festive season when many peoples’ finances are stretched.