Right now Dr. Oz spam seems to top our spam filters. It seems Dr. Oz spammers are all over the place and that they have declared war on overweight and our inboxes flooding them with diet spam. Guess what – we have declared war on Dr. Oz spam!
Maybe you are not familiar with Dr. Oz? He began his TV career in 2004 on the The Oprah Winfrey Show, and later on Larry King Live and some other TV programs. His own show – The Dr. Oz Show - a daily television program on personal health was launched in 2009. With that sort of platforms he quickly became a popular figure and even reached a list called “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century” in Esquire magazine.
The spam mails we checked aren’t of cource actually being sent by Dr. Oz or anyone connected to his production company. In fact he is very clear on not endorsing any specific products. You can read his statement on that here. Spammers are simply piggybacking on his fame and exploiting an overwhelming interest in diets and weight control. So Dr. Oz spam mixes a lot of well-known spam tactics.
Here are a few examples:
Dr. Oz obese people spam:
Dr. Oz special offer spam
Dr. Oz newsletter spam
Dr. Oz fat burner spam
Dr. OZ newsletter spam
We had a closer look at some of those spam mails. They all linked to .ru domains with sites selling all kinds of medicaments. None of the sites we checked holded any malware but stay out of those sites of cource. And do not try to unsubscribe such spam mails btw. That will only tell spammers that your mailbox is alive and kicking. Instead use a spam filter like SPAMfighter for Outlook or Thunderbird or have a look at our server spam filters for businesses!