A Weblog About Topics and Issues Discussed in the Book Spam Kings by Brian McWilliams

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December 28, 2004

Have you been harmed by Vii0xx?

vioxx logo There's a clever scam spam making the rounds (sample here) that preys on gullible users of Vioxx, the painkiller recently pulled from the market by Merck over safety concerns.

The spam invites recipients to "file a claim" at a special website if they've been harmed by taking Vioxx. If you go to the site (domains include worldwideteamwork.com, whereitallhappens.com, among others), you are asked to provide your name, email address, phone, etc., presumably so you can participate in some sort of legal action against Merck.

The site appears to be designed to capture information for a spam operation using servers from a notorious spam-hosting company in Brazil. If you check out the home page of the site, you'll see it's an online pharmacy of some sort. And it's still selling Vioxx!

Posted by brian at December 28, 2004 9:16 AM


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