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All Those Spams

“you have received a postcard from…..”
“Classmate has sent you a card”
“X has sent you a Greeting Card”
“Suggestion”

And what not! Spam Mails! If anybody checks his or her mailbox very often then its certain to show up at least one mail with these lines in the subject of the mail. Ways People find for popularizing products and also to exploit computer systems. At one point there were people who were desperate to sell Viagra.

Now A postcard from a “friend”, “classmate”, “family member”.

The latest one since last few days has been this subject line in most of the emails I have been receiving in my mailbox. and who are they from. I don’t know. I am sure people in more than half the globe had been seeing these similar kinda mails and are too much stressed out. Usually the spam filters of our mailing service identifies these as an obvious spam but my mailing system is not filtering out all of these mails. Few of them do land in the junk box though. Spammers all over have been trying various ways of landing up in the inbox of unsuspecting people. And now to break the present configuration of filters, they have devoted themselves to mailing as a greeting card or a postcard. The worse part is that these mails do not say much but give links to an obnoxious website that seems very much ok (but is not). One click and your web browser or at the worst your computer might be hijacked or exploited in some other way. In almost all these spams, I have seen that the web link doesn’t have a domain name but just an IP like 24.192.166.129 and some texts following after that. The texts in the mail will always be filled with grammatical errors and written in such a way that you should have to click on the link which is often framed like this one – “We hope you enjoy your awesome card”. What a joke!

Online greetings are most common now-a-days and so spammers are targeting this service. In the process its actually the e-card senders who are having to bear the burden as even their legitimate mails might also be eyed as a malicious spam. But if we keep a sharp eye, it will be easy to identify and segregate the sour from the sweet.

I hope people beware and don’t fall for these kind of cheap tricks.

My message to the spammers who may be cursing me by now “Please find some creative and socially acceptable work”

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July 31, 2007 - Posted by | General

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