Thursday, November 21, 2013

Black Friday Spam

Everyone is dying to get their hands on the best deals of the year.  Black Friday brings swarms of people online and into the stores for their holiday shopping.

Spam emails have been misleading shoppers to take advantage of their free gifts and special deals, that lead them to a malicious website.

E-cards, clearance sales, product bids, and major discounts are luring them in.  Clicking on the URL’s  will automatically redirect users to fake websites.


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Sure the above e-card looks harmless and fun, but beware of clicking.  Notice how the button ensures users there’s  “NO SPAM”?

E-cards are entertaining, and a great way to let your loved ones know you are thinking about them, be sure to only click on trusted websites.


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If the deal is too good to be true, it most likely is a ploy to take your money.  The 90% discount ad is from another spam site that can not be trusted.

Tactics where the prices are so low that you just couldn’t pass it by, even if you don’t have any use for the product, work like a spy.  Avoid clicking on links to extremely discounted products.

Here are some domains registered and known for lying about their products:
  • http://www.GetSignedxxxxx[REMOVED]idding.com
  • http://www.BidQuickxxx[REMOVED].com
  • http://www.BidOnlinexxxx[REMOVED]GreatDeals.com
  • http://www.xxxBlackFridayWatch[REMOVED].com
Spammers entice users to purchase products that are hard to find, so the consumer believes they must “buy now” before its too late.


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If you receive an email and the subject line says something as followed, please ignore!
  • Bake Mini Pumpkin and Blueberry Pies For Thanksgiving!
  • xxx@xxx.com: Someone sent you a Thanksgiving Message
  • Get your Pinhooks! Thanksgiving is coming
  • BLACK FRIDAY PRE-SALE!!! iPads, Digital Cameras, iPhones & PlayStations All For Less Than $20!!!
  • Dont wait till 23rd November, Black Friday; Huge Discounts are already ON!
  • Black Friday Pricing on ALL INSTOCK inventory
  • Early Black Friday Auction
Symantec is advising everyone to be cautious when opening unsolicited or unexpected emails.  They are monitoring spam attacks 24×7 to ensure everyone is up-to-date with threats.

References:
Thanksgiving & Black Friday On Spammers’ Radar – Symantec
http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/thanksgiving-black-friday-spammers-radar

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