My inboxes are currently being hit by emails with the subject line “You Got a Text Message”.
The bodies of the emails contain just one link and nothing else. There is no other content.
But, alas, at least a few recipients will click on the link because they think it will open a text message that someone sent them.
In fact, the link opens a decidedly dodgy website that tries to trick people into buying useless health products. Apparently, even after being tricked into clicking the link in the first place, some people will stay on the scam site and buy its products.
Another version has the subject line “You Have an Unread Chat Message”. Again, the content of the email is just a single link that opens a spam website.
Spammers know that such simple tricks work and will make them a profit.
Most internet users will recognise these messages as spam. But it is those few gullible recipients who click and then buy who make spamming viable and ensure that our inboxes are continually flooded with garbage.