We call it phishing; others say it is spamvertising. Whatever the name, it’s mean stuff!
According to Webroot, Inc.: “Spamvertising is the combination of the words ‘spam’ and ‘advertising.’ It’s the super nasty stuff that arrives in your email inbox and, recently, even in your Facebook messages. All you have to do is click on one link within a message and spamvertising sends you to fake pharmaceutical, pornography, credit card, gaming, or company websites in the hopes that you’ll fork over your personal or financial information. Cybercriminals lure you into visiting these vandalized websites through some relatively convincing messaging, which is usually laced with some sort of urgent request. And while recent collaborations between email and website providers are making progress toward obliterating spam, our natural curiosity to click remains a boon for cybercriminals.”
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