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‘New Voicemail’ Pharmacy Spam Email

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Notification email purporting to be from messaging service Viber claims that the recipient has a new voicemail and can click a “Listen” button to hear the message.

Brief Analysis

The email is not from Viber and the “Listen” button does not open a missed voicemail. Instead, the link opens a dodgy pharmacy website that tries to sell various medications without the need for a doctor’s prescription. The site may also contain malware. If this message comes your way, do not click any links that it contains.

Example

Kyra tried to call you, but you didn’t answer

You have a new voicemail.

Apr-6 2014

Kyra tried to call you, but you didn’t answer.

Listen

Detailed Analysis

According to a message currently hitting inboxes, a person tried to call the recipient but received no response. The email, which purports to be from messaging service Viber, invites users to click a “Listen” button to hear the missed voicemail message.

However, the “Listen” link does not lead to a stored voicemail message as expected. Instead, it takes users to a spammy online pharmacy website that tries to sell all manner of medicines to unwary visitors.

Moreover, security warnings suggest that the pharmacy site may also harbour malware.

The people responsible for this spam campaign hope that, even though recipients are not taken to a voicemail as they expect, at least a few people will linger on the bogus site, buy some of its dodgy products, and possibly download malware as well.

Given how often this type of tactic is used, it obviously does result in sales and downloads. Of course, buying products from these dodgy online drugstore sites is a very bad idea. Even if you do actually get the products your order on such a site, you would have no way of knowing if the medicine is actually what it is claimed to be. And the medicines you buy could interfere with other medications you are taking with serious health implications. This is a real danger of buying medication without a doctor’s prescription.

Moreover, to buy products you need to provide your credit card details, often on a payment page that is not even secure. Any site willing to use underhand tactics like these fake voicemail messages should not be trusted with your credit card details or any other personal information.

If you receive one of these messages, do not click on any links that it contains.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer