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News - October 26, 2004

Sophos reports 300% increase in Rolex watch spam

Researchers at anti-spam specialist Sophos have reported a significant increase in the last week in the number of spam emails trading on the name of the luxury watch manufacturer Rolex. Examining all the spam seen in the last month, Sophos's global monitoring stations have recorded a 300% rise in the number of junk emails referencing Rolex.

"Spammers hawking cheap watches are the internet equivalent of Del Boy and Rodney, but few computer users who have to wade through a barrage of unsolicited emails every day will find their antics amusing," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. "Spam continues to be a nice little earner for the spammers, because people continue to purchase goods sold via junk email. However good the offer may seem, the message is simple - never buy from a spam email."


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Spyware/Spydeleter, malware that tries to blackmail users

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Re: News - October 26, 2004

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Thanks for that news story and link Donna. My 78 year old dad has been getting these Rolex spams e-mails, many of them for the last few days. His spam blocker was picking them up but he checks that folder before he deletes everything and was worried that this was a problem on his end. I sent him the link for the Sophos article which will put his mind at ease now. I have gotten a lot of them lately too but not as many as him. Trying to calm a 78 year old dad down that lives a few hundred miles away without proof isn't easy. That article should help. LOL Grin

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Me too Roddy. I've been receiving Rolex...

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spam message since last week.


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