As the season changes, so does spam

Monday, 10 November 2003, 6:29 PM EST

Spammers have begun targetting those who view the Christmas and holiday season as a time for big spending, the content filtering software firm ClearSwift says.

The company's Asia-Pacific managing director, Chy Chuawiwat, said its latest monthly spam index showed a marked increase in finance related-spam which had increased from 12 per cent of spam in September to 24 per cent in October.

"Spammers are tempting email users with cheap loans to see them through the financial burdens of the holiday season," Chuawiwat said.

The index is based on thousands of unsolicited emails received by Clearswift, spam generated by seeding email accounts and spam submissions forwarded to Clearswift by its 15,000 customers worldwide.

Chuawiwat said direct product-related spam had also increased as spammers aimed for a share of Christmas spending. "The most touted product in October was DVD burners," he said.

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