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Spammers gear up for Father’s Day

Warwick Ashford

Global spam exploiting Father's Day is increasing rapidly in the run up to the 20 June celebration in 52 countries, according to the Symantec Response team.

"Sadly, spammers don't forget to send out their holiday spam, although a couple of ongoing global events such as the FIFA World Cup and Shanghai World Expo might also draw their attention," Vivian Ho, senior security response lead at Symantec wrote in a blog post.

Father's Day spam messages are similar to Mother's Day spam, including hit-and-run spam, product promotion, and e-card services, said Ho.

"We have observed that spammers registered lots of domains with various 'From' aliases and subject lines in order to bypass spam filters in hit-and-run spam. These types of spam messages, with Father's Day headers, can attract readers' attention," he said.

Symantec is expecting to see more attacks in the coming days and advises users to ignore these messages.

Samples of messages to avoid

  • From: "Gifts for Dad by You" >
  • From: "Father's Day Gifts"
  • From: "Gift Ideas for Fathers Day"
  • From: "Gifts for Dad by You"
  • From: "Personalized Fathers Day Gifts"
  • From: "Gifts by You for Dad"
  • From: "Unique Gifts for Dad"
  • From: "Create A Gift for Dad"

 

  • Subject: Memorable Fathers Day Gifts
  • Subject: Personalized Gifts for Dads, Grandpas, Uncles, Brothers, and Sons
  • Subject: Gifts for All the Dads in Your Life
  • Subject: Personalized Gifts Just for Dad
  • Subject: Give Dad what he really wants - 25 Premium Cigars w/ Free S&H!
  • Subject: - Father's Day -
  • Subject: RE: FATHERS DAY.
  • Subject: Father's Day Blowout! % OFF!
  • Subject: Personalized "My Daddy's Hand" Print for Father's Day

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