A new spam campaign is exploiting people's interest in the death of Pope John Paul II. "In the greedy world of spam e-mail and electronic fraud, nothing is sacred-not even the death of the Pope John Paul II." "The use of the Pope's death as a hook to defraud unsuspecting consumers is part of a trend linking spam to news of national or international interest, prompting people to open e-mail they ordinarily might delete."
Spammers are attempting to capitalize on the popularity of the Pope to promote a moneymaking scheme. The spam attempts to lure users to a website with an offer of free books about the Pope. Other characteristics of this spam include:
This document is issued in keeping with IC3's goal to keep the public informed about new trends observed in recent complaints received.