Any room for spam after your Thanksgiving meal?

Graham Cluley

If you’re American you may be feeling bloated and stuffed after over-indulging over the Thanksgiving holiday. That may explain the timing of one of the spam campaigns I saw in our traps here at SophosLabs this morning. It doesn’t try and mince its words about how exactly it’s going to help you achieve your weight loss.

Of course, spam about losing weight is something we see all year round, but there is usually a surge in its popularity after a major holiday like Christmas. It wouldn’t be a surprise if we see the same thing in January 2009 – the number of people receiving weight loss schemes in their email probably mirroring the number who enthusiastically buy themselves gym memberships.

Before then though, we can expect to see spam campaigns trying to sell “luxury” goods in the run-up to December 25. Those looking for a bargain amid the credit crunch might be tempted by the wave of replica and fake “brand-name” watches that we are already seeing touted in large numbers by the…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.