Nigeria’s last presidential election, won by President Muhammadu Buhari, was among world events that generated increased spam emails in the second quarter of 2015 according to Kaspersky.
According to the Kaspersky Lab’s Spam and Phishing report for the quarter, the study of world’s unsolicited mail traffic discovered a marked increase in the use of world events such as the presidential election in Nigeria, the earthquake in Nepal and the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, “in spam emails in attempts to extract personal data and voluntary donations from victims worldwide.”
Although the percentage of spam in email traffic decreased by 5.8 percent from the previous quarter (from 59.2% to 53.4%), Q2 2015 spam emails were more focused on current events to lure victims. Some spam included fake messages asking the recipients to make a donation to help the victims of the earthquake in Nepal.
[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Kaspersky Lab’s Spam and Phishing report.”]“In other mass mailings, fraudsters tried to lure recipients with the sum of $2 million, which the newly-elected President of Nigeria was allegedly ready to send the user as compensation.”[/blockquote]