There appears to be a new type of spam attack, the focusing of an email blitz for a limited period of time – with a potentially high return for the spammer.
An example of this occurred this Saturday where we received over ten emails encouraging the cashing in of Life Insurance over a few hours, indeed, in less than one hour, we received seven into our various email accounts.
Life Insurance isn’t an area we know lots about, but we’d imagine that selling it is something you do when you pretty desperate for cash, and it probably isn’t a great idea.
Back in 2001 there were reports that “consumer advocates urge policyholders to be cautious, because a number of the companies operating in the industry have murky histories, possibly involving fraud.”
Spam messages like the ones this weekend aim to prey on people in their weaker moments, hoping to catch and exploit them.
New spam approach
This approach — focusing the attack to a specific time and particularly a weekend — has the advantages of getting lots of the emails past spam filter, before people can mark them as spam.
By getting these mails through, there’s a high chance of getting them in front of people who might be tempted to take up the offer – no matter how bad it might be for them.