Cyber Monday spam hits email inboxes

Graham Cluley
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MondayIt’s Cyber Monday – the first Monday after the American Thanksgiving holiday, and traditionally a time when consumers spend oodles of cash purchasing goods online.

Of course, if you’re working in an office today you might want to make sure you don’t over indulge too much on consumerism – not just because it may be bad for your wallet, but also because the-powers-that-be at your firm may take a dim view of you spending hours seeking out online bargains.

And, of course, spammers are inevitably using “Cyber Monday” as a hook to hang their email marketing campaigns around, claiming to offer massive discounts on online purchases:

Examples of Cyber Monday spam

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Remember this: the more people who buy goods marketed via spam, the more that the spammers are being encouraged to send junk email.

If no-one purchased the products (a vain dream, I know..) then the spammers would disappear. It’s time to boycott the companies who use spam to sell their goods. If you receive an unsolicited commercial email don’t try, don’t buy, don’t reply.

And if you haven’t already done so, isn’t it time to take the Sophos spam pledge?


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Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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