Experts at SophosLabs™, Sophos's global
network of virus, spyware and spam analysis centers, have
identified a new marketing trick being used by spammers in their
attempt to get a hold of legitimate email addresses and user
information in the run-up to the holiday season: they are offering
to send your child a letter directly from Santa.
The unsolicited email campaign, which includes subject lines
like "Letter From Santa For Your Child" and "Santa Letter from the
North Pole", offers a personalised letter addressed to your child.
The email, which has been seen in several of our global spam traps,
also requests you to get in touch if you received the email in
"This type of spam message preys on parents wanting to give
their child something special for the holiday season," said
senior security consultant for Sophos. "Just like any other time of
the year, users need to remain vigilant about spam, even if it
seemingly offers something desirable. Rather than confirming your
email address to a complete stranger by replying to this
unsolicited message, delete the email and consider other ways to
make your kids happy this Christmas season."
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