Friday, February 23, 2007

An Unwanted Journey: Day 00457 - Targeting Cancer Patients

I wrote recently on my corporate blog about "spam that kills", spam email whose content tells you your brother or sister has just died. It's disgusting, demoralizing, and about as low as it gets. Then this morning, I got two more apparently targeted pieces of spam that illustrate that these bastards will stop at nothing.

One spam message was entitled Learn About Metastatic Colorectal Cancer, the other Don, Discover the Benefits of a Healthy Colon. The former pretends to offer a medical team and programs to help the individual face metastatic colorectal cancer, but get this - it comes from an an email address of Now that sounds legit, doesn't it? You cannot reply to the email directly, but it pretends to come from Genentech, one of the world's largest biotechnology companies operating out of San Francisco.

The second spam message is far more typical nonsense claiming that the average person has 5 to 25 pounds of waste in their colons where colon cancer, toxins and parasites are waiting to attack you. Yuck!

It's possible, just like I indicated in regards to the spam that kills entry, that this is purely coincidental spam. But it makes you wonder whether spam lists are getting sophisticated enough these days to find and target people diagnosed with specific diseases.

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