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Spammers Capitalize on Simpsons Movie

Jul 31, 2007 (08:07 AM EDT)

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BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Spammers are once again taking advantage of a blockbuster film, The Simpsons Movie. Spam mails are being sent to e-mail users trying to coerce them to take a survey, giving over their e-mail address to spammers.

SPAMfighter filters these types of mails from the 3.6 million SPAMfighter user's, making them aware that this is a scam, and filtering the e-mails away from their inbox so they never have to see it.

"It is common that spammers will use large events, such as film premiers, wide scale media stories, or holidays to coerce e-mail users into a scam. We are hoping to avoid having our users fall victim to these scams by filtering away these e-mails" comments co-owner and co-founder of SPAMfighter, Martin Thorborg.

The spam mail contains a picture of Homer Simpson in his underwear and asks the recipient if they plan on seeing the movie and to help fill out a survey by clicking on a link. Once the recipient does this, their e-mail address is recognized as being active, opening them up for many more spam mails.

In order to entice e-mail users to enter this survey, they offer a prize for taking and completing the survey. As with many offers made by spam, this offer is fake, and there is no chance of receiving the prize. The only reason for the mail is to get the e-mail addresses of active e-mail accounts so they can be slammed with spam mail later.

“Major spamming events such as The Simpsons Movie provide us with an opportunity to educate all computer users for the need to protect their data and privacy from spammers. SPAMfighter offers all computer users the opportunity to download SPAMfighter Standard for a free 30-day trial,” said Alix Aranza, Managing Director, SPAMfighter, North America.

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