Identity Thieves Woo Spanish Speakers with Love Songs
Spanish speakers are lured to buy international romantic songs but instead they have their identities stolen. Bitdefender spotted a spam campaign exploring users’ melancholy and depression, the two least welcome holiday guests.
Here’s a reason to be jolly: relationships are the most common trigger for Christmas depression, according to a study reported in 2007 by the Mayo Clinic. Also, two-thirds of women report depression during the holidays, as a survey by the National Women’s Health Resource Center shows.
The spam poses as a commercial e-mail for LOS MEJORES LENTOS INTERNACIONALES DE LA HISTORIA + UN BONUS UNICO!!! As users find out after clicking the malicious website that promises they will fall in love again, the bonus is actually an identity theft. Ay, caramba – a unique bonus indeed!
Shania Twain’s “You´re Still the One,” Madonna’s “Take A Bow” and Elton John’s “Sacrifice” are just a few of the romantic songs advertised on the harmful website. Though the scam is in Spanish, the pop-ups appearing when clicking the malicious website register users’ IP and may come in languages including English, French, Portuguese, and Norwegian.
To claim as many victims as possible, people are also lured to give away personal details such as name, address, phone number and e-mail through an automatic message they’re supposed to send to receive the promised love songs.
This type of scam spreads rapidly before holidays, when online shopping increases. Users should avoid opening dangerous e-mails and clicking on dubious links or attachments. Installing and updating an antivirus solution protects users from the latest e-threats and scams, blocking spam and malicious websites from the very beginning.
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This article is based on the samples provided by Alexandru Balan, Bitdefender Chief Security Researcher.