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Kaspersky: Nigeria’s election spiked world’s spam count

Kaspersky: Nigeria’s election spiked world’s spam count
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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]

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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, the Kaspersky Lab’s Spam and Phishing report cited.
Additional mailings included fraudulent notifications of being chosen through a lottery drawing for tickets to watch the Olympic Games in Brazil, 2016. These mailing were an attempt to persuade recipients to provide spammers with personal data to receive the prize.
Darya Gudkova, Head of Content Analysis and Research Department, Kaspersky Lab said, “During this quarter we saw spammers use tragic events to trick consumers. It’s a tactic that fraudsters have used before, but with events like the Nepal earthquake being covered widely by media worldwide, these messages are likely to resonate with sympathetic recipients. To protect themselves, people should not open emails from unknown senders and remember not to click links in these emails, or open any attachments. With some fraudsters using tactics to make the name and address of the sender look more legitimate, this is more important than ever.”
Kayode Oladeinde Technology Journalist at Technology Times. Mobile: +234 (0) 7031526929

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