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Spam Set To Increase Significantly Ahead of Fathers Day

Symantec : 18 June, 2010  (Technical Article)
Symantec has issued a warning against opening e-mail with subject headings relating to Fathers day as the company expects a massive increase in spam levels relating to the celebration within the next few days.
Ahead of Fathers Day this Sunday, Symantec Response is noting a significant increase in spam globally.

As 52 countries across the world gear up to celebrate Father's day on Sunday, June 20, Symantec is monitoring the increase in the Father's Day spam volume since the end of May. 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. The Father's Day spam messages are similar to Mother's Day spam, including hit-and-run spam, product promotion, and ecard services. 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.

Symantec is expecting to see more attacks in the coming days and advises users to ignore these messages. Typical e-mail subject lines include:

Gifts for Dad by You, Father's Day Gifts, Unique Gifts for Dad and many others in the same vein.
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