Spammers use many tactics to try to get people to read their messages and click their links. One tactic that is being given a real workout right now is to disguise the spam messages as news reports.
All links in the messages – including secondary links – open a decidedly dodgy “Science News” page hosted on a Russian server. As with the spam emails, the page is designed to look like a genuine news article.
The page attempts to sell a suspect weight-loss product. It even boasts a collection of – obviously fake – user comments that speak of the product in glowing terms. If you try to submit a comment on the page, you will be automatically redirected to another dodgy weight-loss product website. And, of course, your comment will never appear on the site.
The spammers apparently hope that at least a few people tricked into clicking links in what they thought was a real news article will actually hang around and buy products from the spam website. And, given the amount of such spam that hits inboxes on a daily basis, the tactic obviously works.
Of course, even if only a few people out of the many thousands that get the spam emails actually buy a product, then the campaign will be worthwhile for the spammers and they will continue spewing out their garbage.