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Spammers use iPod to deceive consumers

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By LC Angell

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Published: Wednesday, January 26, 2005
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Consumers should be wary of spammers using the iPod brand name, according to Clearswift’s Spam Index, an in-depth industry analysis of unsolicited e-mails. Clearswift said that e-mails purporting to sell the popular digital audio player made an “unprecedented debut” during December.

“Spammers have been keen to get in on the action with one of the most sought-after Christmas gifts,” Clearswift said. “News of stock running out in December coincided with the flood of e-mails claiming to sell limited edition or heavily discounted iPods. Some e-mails even offer them for free in suspicious-looking competitions.”

Apple’s new low-cost products that were introduced earlier this month are expected to be used heavily in forthcoming spam campaigns. “With the Mac mini and iPod shuffle having launched this month, e-mail users should prepare themselves for an onslaught of lifestyle junk mail, spearheaded by an influx of Mac-inspired spam,” the company said.

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Comments

1

Consumers should be wary of ALL spammers… ALL email offers of any kind. Delete!

Anything of widespread interest becomes the subject of online scams. I knew the iMac G5 was getting popular when I started getting spam about it. Ditto for the iBook and iPod!

Posted by Nagromme on January 26, 2005 at 12:51 PM (PDT)

2

These spammers should get a life. They just posted 50 messages on my high school’s mathmatics help fourm. Talk about disterbing education…

Posted by YongWong on January 26, 2005 at 3:37 PM (PDT)

3

Will this ever be illegal, or at least obsolete? Also pop-ups? Shouldn’t we be beyond these issues?

Posted by intern_mike in Orlando on January 26, 2005 at 5:27 PM (PDT)

4

Many are already illegal—but then again, any scam is illegal. The Internet allows the criminals to hide their operations overseas where international laws are not prepared to track them down.

Posted by Nagromme on January 26, 2005 at 6:10 PM (PDT)

5

Apple has been spamming me relentlessly about iPods wink

Posted by Poddly on January 29, 2005 at 8:20 PM (PDT)

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