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Spammers Disguised as Bloggers

by Marianna Schmudlach / April 2, 2009 12:25 AM PDT


Mayur Kulkarni writes...

Spammers have recently adopted a different strategy to lure users into viewing their messages and clicking the links inside them. Typically, spam messages attempt to lure unsuspecting users with an email using a linked phrase, such as ?Click this website to know more? or ?Open this website to check.? We are monitoring a new approach in attempting to draw in readers to open these links. The hyperlinked text will say something like:

Read my blog to learn how I did it
Just check out <NAME>?s Blog to find out how he did it
Read about it on my blog

It?s common for the subject line of these emails, as well as the sender line, to make reference to some blog. These instances can lure users to open the message, and further check the so-called blog by clicking the embedded URL. However, the links actually redirect to Web pages selling health-related products or money-making schemes. Unless subscribed for blog updates, email users should think twice about opening a message about blogs from an unknown source.

Here is an example image of one such spam message:

More: https://forums2.symantec.com/t5/blogs/blogarticlepage/blog-id/spam/article-id/171

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