Posted on behalf of Yuriko Kako-Batt, Malware Data Analyst
People receive various spam emails everyday from dating scams to those attempting to phish bank account information, loan offers and those featuring porn sites, pharmaceuticals and replica watches. While the categories differ, many of them have similarities. In most cases the spammer’s aim is to make money, often by luring the victim into “online-shopping”
Criminal gangs make their own branded websites, selling counterfeit or illegally obtained products, and they, or some hired spammers, send spam emails with various subjects and different URLs connecting to those websites. Recipients access the websites from the URL in the spam emails, and may choose to buy products there. Pharmaceutical spam, replica watches, pirated DVDs and cheap software spam are applicable, although their products are different.
Usually these fake products are cheaper than the...