The Spam Omelette #38
1. MESSAGE in a bottle
Coming right as number
one spam word in the Spam Omelette top, the word MESSAGE has been identified in
messages coming from notorious spammer Canadian Pharmacy. At a glance, the
message looks as a legitimate newsletter from a health e-zine, but it has been
tampered with in order to include a Canadian Pharmacy picture with the current
offering. The fact that the word MESSAGE appears in the spam map is a clue that
the Canadian Pharmacy spammers have replaced their old templates ripped off
from MSN News newsletters.
2. Nigerian scammers say PLEASE
Ranking second in this
week’s issue of the Spam Omelette, the word PLEASE has been identified
especially in Nigerian scam letters. This
specific wave presented below is made of extremely short messages (unlike
“regular” Nigerian letters) and asks for a couple of personal details needed
for an alleged payment.
3. When there’s a will, there’s
The word WAY has been detected by the
BitDefender antispam researchers in messages advertising sexual enhancements
such as Viagra and Levitra. What’s particularly interesting in this wave is the
fact that spammers rely on image advertising along with a couple of lines taken
from books. The extra text has nothing to do with the advertised product;
instead, it makes sure that the message gets past the Bayesian spam filters.
The text below is an excerpt from Armadale by Wilkie Collins.
4. Need an ACCOUNT number? Here
Ranking fourth in this
week’s issue of the Spam Omelette, the word ACCOUNT has been identified in yet
another Nigerian scam. This time, it comes as a long and extremely
lacrimogenous letter announcing the victim that a dormant account with $12
million is ready to become theirs. All they have to do is pay a small
processing fee. As soon as the payment has cleared out, you will never hear
from the scammer again.
5. CLICK here for extra
The word CLICK concludes
this week’s issue of the Spam Omelette and has been mostly identified in
messages coming from Canadian Pharmacy. The new template allegedly offers users
a way of unsubscribing, but clicking the links would only validate the address
as being in use by a human operator. Spammers are using this template with
multiple email subjects, including an alleged tutorial on how to use the new