New trick adopted by spammers to harvest email addresses


SophosLabs have warned computer users to think before forwarding chain letters after discovering a new scam being used by spammers to collect email addresses.

A spammed email campaign, seen by Sophos, poses as a research project into chain mail and joke messages that are frequently sent between email users around the world. Chain letters and jokes can easily be sent to a person's full contact list or an entire company department, ending up with valid email addresses for everyone who received the message in the body of the message.

The new spam campaign asks for chain letters to be forwarded to the spammers (who are posing as a researcher called Gemma). New trick adopted by spammers to harvest email addresses

Linked by shanmuga Friday, 15th September 2006 1:02AM