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Watch Out for Father's Day Spam

Cyber-scammers are gearing up for Father's Day this Sunday with a new spam campaign promising dads a box of premium cigars.

Sophos researchers have intercepted a large number of "Buy your Dad a cigar" spam over the past few days, Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant at Sophos, wrote on Naked Security. The spam campaign offers 12 premium cigars, a lighter, and a cutter for just $19.95. When the unsuspecting recipients click on the link in the email message, thinking they have found the perfect gift for dad, they are routed to gambling websites, Cluley said.

As spam campaigns go, this is pretty generic. There is an offer that sounds too good to be true: as any cigar connoisseur knows, 12 premium cigars would never be available for just $20. It's unsolicited, as you've probably not signed up with sites asking for deals about cigars. And it claims to come from a Philip@givefather.com at an unknown company, Qualitycigars.com. See those red flags?

"You shouldn't click on links in unsolicited emails, and you should never consider purchasing products promoted to you via spam messages," Cluley warned.

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