Email Anti-SPAM News, Help & Advice.

Fed up of receiving SPAM, viruses, scams and phishing schemes via email?? We were - so here are some useful news articles, hints and tips to keep informed and reduce the problem!

April 27, 2004

Most popular items offered via spam

The most popular items sent via spam email seem to be:

1. Pharmaceuticals or medical products (usually cheap or claiming to offer prescription only or restricted drugs).

2. Discount software (usually fake but claimed to be available at a fraction of its normal price).

3. University degrees / diplomas.

4. Email lists and spamming software!

5. Viruses!!

6. Dodgy information (how to avoid speeding fines, get free cable, get rich quick schemes etc.)

7. Office equipment, ink cartridges / refill kits etc.

8. Cheap finance / credit cards / loans / mortgages etc.

9. Pyramid schemes or chain letters.

10. Pump-and-dump schemes - whereby someone will attempt to promote a stock (usually a small company whose stock they already own) to get gullible people to buy - then (they) dump their stock when the price rises.

11. Promoting adult material / web sites.

12. Online gambling / casinos or lotteries.

13. Fake / copies of designer items (clothing, watches etc.).

We even saw spammers trying to cash in on the 9/11 attacks!

Of course almost all spam is some type of scam - usually to get your credit card or other personal information - you are very unlikely ever to ever receive anything you did buy! If it looks too good to be true - it probably is...

Overall remember the rule - Never buy from spammers!


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