Big Hollywood movies are usually fodder for spammers, who send out their wares just when anticipation for a certain feature film reaches fever pitch. This was observed earlier this year when The Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix came out.
The latest to become the target of a spam campaign is The Simpsons Movie set to premiere on the last week of July. The spammed email message contains an image of Homer Simpson sitting on a brown sofa, decked out in only a beer belly-baring Superman tee and white briefs.
Above his head is the question Will you go see the movie The Simpsons? and a call to action: Take our short survey now. When clicked, the image leads to a Web page that asks for a user’s email address which would be another legitimate address added to the long list of a spammer’s victims.
Trend Micro warns users to be wary of spam riding on a blockbuster release. These are not usually part of a big-budget campaign to market a film but rather a quite effective tactic for spammers to get what they want.