The crooks use the consumer to hate to the email spam to – send more spam email. As indicated by BleepingComputerter, a new scam campaign aims to check whether the e-mail that the scammers have in their database are valid and active. If they get the necessary confirmation, they will bomb it with various spam emails.
The campaign is simple in design – the victim will get a basic email with this call for action:
“Please confirm your subscription (sic) or unsubscribe. Confirm subscribe to me! Ununch me! Thank you!”
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The scammers bet that most victims would support the non-sudden button. However, whatever the option they choose, the same thing will happen. Should they actually choose non-subsidy, they will trigger the mail client to send a new email to multiple addresses, all under the control of crooks.
The only contents of the e-mail is “Please unsubscribe from your newsletter”, deceiving the victim of believing that their efforts are legitimate. In reality, the only thing they would do is to confirm the crooks that the e-mail address is active and used.
A few days after sending this confirmation, the victim’s inbox will be flooded with spam emails.
BleepingComputer confirmed the authenticity of the “unsubscribe” campaign using a freshly created email address. “After sending unsubscribe answers / subscribe to the new account, in just a few days, our new account has become bombarded by spam emails,” the publication wrote.
It has also been said that these campaigns are not necessarily limited to spam envelopes – nothing prevents the scales from deploying phishing or social engineering against target email, which are generally more dangerous and often more difficult to spot and stop.
Security experts warn all consumers to never click on the links they receive in an email unless they are absolutely certain of the authenticity of the sender and the legitimacy of the link. No legitimate business will never send an empty email with options simply “subscribe or unsubscribe” and without further explanation.