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Pump and dump spam waits for Hurricane Sandy

Even stock scammers needed to put their plans on hold following the closure of stock markets for 2 days. In the typically worded email shown below, recipients are encouraged to buy into low-priced shares now that Hurricane Sandy has passed and trading has resumed.

Interestingly, we see less topical spam than we used to. In the past spammers would use current events in subjects and in the text of emails to create interest and generate visits to pharmacy and replica websites. The eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in 2010 is a good example of the abuse of a major natural disaster to increase sales.