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G Data warns of Valentine’s Day fraud campaign

02/11/2011 | London 

Don’t expect roses and chocolates from online criminals this Valentine’s Day. G Data Security analysts have detected a massive increase in Valentine's Day spam emails. The links in these emails direct unsuspecting users to fraudulent websites that offer fake jewelry, perfume and other Valentine gifts. In this most recent online campaign attack, online criminals try to lure users to these sites to obtain their credit card information. G Data's security specialists predict a flood of Valentine's Day greeting cards that either contain infected files or links to infected websites on Monday, 14 February. G Data Security Labs strongly advise users to not read any Valentine's Day spam and delete it immediately; links in those emails should not be clicked under any circumstances.

Users of social networks such as Facebook or Twitter are advised to exercise special caution: online criminals are increasingly posting shortened web links on walls and in personal messages. If no effective real-time protection is in place, infected code can be downloaded and installed on a PC.  G Data has observed that criminals prefer the URL shortening service "" because it has no preview function and completely obfuscates the actual website it points to. URLs of this type were found in mails that were sent during the current spam campaign.

"Every year around Valentine's Day the amount of spam emails skyrockets. Criminals choose occasions like this to collect credit card data and other personal information of unsuspecting users. We therefore recommend not to open any spam emails and delete them straight away. Any links that are in these emails should not be clicked as they can land a user on an infected website", explains Eddy Willems, Security Evangelist at G Data.

Sample of a current Valentine’s Day spam email:


The server this email originates from is located in Asia.

Larysa Woloszansky