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“Free iPad” Spammers Move On

In March of this year the FTC issued indictments and temporary restraining orders against a number of people and companies who they alleged were sending out SMS spam offering free gift cards, iPads, iPhones, etc. After the indictments, we saw a decline in reports of this sort of spam. According to the allegations in the […]

From Cradle to Grave: Targeting Child Support and Social Security with Area Codes

In 2013, we’ve seen spammers up the SMS spam ante using a potent combination of older methods. One of the techniques is to focus on specific area codes for a better return on investment (ROI). Honing in on specific area codes is by no means a new technique, but there are some interesting twists this […]

Cloudmark’s Q2 2013 Threat Report

Today, Cloudmark has released its Q2 2013 Threat Report, covering recent messaging threats and trends during the past quarter. During the second quarter, fishy dieting offers and suspiciously free cruises made a splash on the SMS side of things. Meanwhile, a substantial uptick suggests compromised web hosting accounts seem to be making waves among seedier […]

UK Arrests Cause 78% Pension Liberation SMS Spam Reduction

Most of the SMS spam that we see from the UK is related to financial services: payday loans, PPI claims, debt consolidation and pension liberation scams. There are two main variations on the pension liberation scam. One is the high yield scam where the con artist attempts to get the victim to transfer their pension […]

UK Financial firm rapped on the knuckles for social SMS spam

There was some hubbub in the UK last week about the Advertising Standards Authority rapping the knuckles of First Financial (UK) Ltd who are trading as FirstPayDayLoanUk.  It’s time we dished the dirt on what’s really going on and why the ASA could well be wasting their time, and when the humble Brit would be better […]

Three mobile network operators taken to court for SMS spam

The Chilean national consumer protection service Sernac has reportedly taken three mobile operators to court over sending SMS spam about contests and sweepstakes.  As a result of the study they carried out between Dec 2012 and Feb 2013 the three networks are potentially facing fines totaling $86 million. A google translate indicates that the reports […]

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