In recent days we've begun seeing a spam campaign seeking to exploit interest in the 10th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001.
The spam attempts to lure users into participating in a survey in exchange for prizes. But taking the survey only increases the odds of receiving more spam.
In one such sample, the spam survey asks users if they feel that America's safer now than on 9/11. For participating, users are enticed with a free $250 VISA gift card.
The spam message body includes a large section of hidden random text to elude scanners. The links point to a .info domain that is a preferred top level domain of these spammers recently.
Reading the fine print reveals that the spammers are not affiliated with the brands inside the message. The spammers also claim to be "Can-Spam compliant." Clicking on the link redirects you to the spam survey site.
Instead of a $250 VISA gift card, the landing site now offers prizes like an iPad 2 and $1,000 gift cards. You have to fill out a form answering questions about your gender, computer use and favorite food before you get to a page where you can supposedly get one of the prizes.
Not surprisingly, filling out the form takes you to yet another site that asks for your email address and participation in a new survey.
Your prize? Just more spam.