Holidays are spammers’ favorite times of the year. After all, these give them additional opportunities to lure more victims to their specially crafted scams apart from a theme to focus on. As one of the most celebrated holidays across the globe, it is not surprising that Halloween, which is barely a week away, has been creating a buzz.
Trend Micro threat analysts got wind of Halloween-related spam samples (see the sample on the right). These offered readers promising opportunities to earn while working from home.
Clicking the link redirects the user to a site that is now inactive. However, based on Whois.Net’s domain name records, the URLs were only created in August of this year, most probably just for spamming purposes. It is, after all, not uncommon for spammers to register domains for the minimum time period allowable to further their malicious profiteering activities.
Users are thus warned not to click links to unknown sites no matter how tempting the offer they put on the table may be. If you’re really interested in getting a legitimate job or a means to earn more, go to a trusted job-search site. Do not trust everything you read on email, especially if you do not know who the email came from.
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