Spam: Always in Season
Most scammers begin their campaign in the cold months of December and January; trying to catch unsuspecting victims looking for gifts or vacations. These malicious tricks cover a range of areas: scammers send out offers of loans for credit card extensions, fake personalized letters from Santa Claus, and diet and body cleansing pills.
Lured by knock-off Rolex watches, luxury cars, and hotel reservations, on-line users are encouraged to take phony surveys or are led to phishing forms. Sometimes victims are led directly to malware.
Lovebirds are the targets after the winter rush; as Valentine's Day approaches, about seven percent of all spam messages attempt to coax people to purchase sweets for their special someone. Not surprisingly crooks offer fake chocolate and flower arrangements, replica watches, jewelry, or perfumes.
In April, scammers "arrange" a 50 percent-off sale for Easter flowers and goodies. To offset those giant chocolate bunnies, they also offer miracle weight loss plants as well as nerve calming remedies. With Mother's Day and Memorial Day in May, users are bombarded with offers of restaurant discounts, travel gift cards, sports footwear, and spa or gym vouchers.
It's not enough to simply be aware of all these scams. One accidental click on a link or banner can leads to malware infection with serious repercussions. Don't open suspicious-looking emails and try to avoid giving out personal data like credit card information.
Source: http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/spam/318695-spam-always-in-season, retrieved 12/30/2013