I recently wrote an article for Information Security Magazine where I explained how internet security researchers could use their spam folders as a resource tool. It got me thinking about going into greater detail on what I've found in my inbox.
I noticed an increase in "free gift cards" and other e-commerce type offers in my spam email account around Black Friday the day after Thanksgiving, which didn't subside until the end of the holiday season, several weeks later. These e-mails claimed to offer me a free $50 dollar Amazon gift card. When I click the link it leads me to a bogus but almost legitimate looking Amazon login site in an attempt to nab my login credentials. The broken TLS lock icon and odd looking URL are a dead giveaway as to suspect this site isn't legitimate.