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A Friday (Spam) Roundup

A little spam for the weekend?

1) Bitcoin spam!

Bitcoin spam

“Buy and sell Bitcoins!

Find the best places online to buy / sell Bitcoin currency”

The link just takes clickers to what appears to be a parked domain with sponsored links. In other words, delete / avoid.

2) Skype Team Direct Messages

Skype Spam

“Direct message from Skype Team

Skype

Direct Message

View Message

Respectfully,
Skype Service”

Well, that one isn’t big on being wordy is it? Clicking the link here will direct users to a Canadian Pharmacy site.

Pills and things

A word of warning: many spammers who peddle malware links will often send messages similar to the one above – see the recent WhatsApp spam mail campaign for an example of that. If in doubt, go direct to the official website for whatever service you happen to be using and take things from there.

3) TV spamblog spam

(Note: this one isn’t email based).

Typically when scammers try to take advantage of a service like Google Docs they’re going phishing. I saw this and thought it was at least a little unusual – Google Docs being used to spam a cookie-cutter spamblog promising free TV shows. I’m sure you’ve seen those spam posts across the net – from forums to SoundCloud, they’re all out there in one form or another. Now they’re somewhere else too!

Spamblog spam

Seen any interesting examples of spam this week? Feel free to let us know in the comments and we’ll take a look.

Christopher Boyd


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