Increase in spam e-mails about Mother's Day: Symantec

Spammers are riding on Mother's Day celebrations to trick internet users into revealing their personal information. Security company Symantec in a news release on Tuesday noted that there has been an increase in spam e-mails about Mother's Day which falls on May 12.

These e-mails encourage users to take advantage of product offers, fake surveys, e-cards, personalised gifts, replica watches as well as clearance sales of cars and trucks.

The e-mails provide a URL which directs the users to a website containing bogus offers and are asked a few questions related to Mother's Day. Once the user completes the survey, he is redirected to another webpage and asked to enter their personal information in order to receive the gifts they had selected, said Symantec. The scammers then capture users' personal information such as credit card details and passwords.

Some examples of the subject lines in these spam e-mails are: Mother's Day Secret Formular; Top Personalized Mother's Day Gifts; and Regarding Mothers Day.

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