With 9.8% of the total, Spain was the country that received the most spam during the second quarter of 2020, but it is not the one that sends the most.
It is not a big change compared to the previous period, since Spain continues to be the “leader”, with an increase of half a percentage point over the previous quarter, according to data from the cybersecurity company Kaspersky.
The second place is still for Italy (6.38 percent), followed by Russia (5.82 percent), United Arab Emirates (5.36 percent) and Germany (5.26 percent).
It is not surprising to find that the countries that receive spam are not the same ones that send them, at least not completely. Russia continues to be the main source of spam on the planet, no less than 26.07% of spam messages and emails come from that country. Germany is in second place, with 13.97%.
The United States completes the podium with 11.24%, followed by China with 7.78%. Spain is the seventh largest producer of spam in the world, with 2.98%.
In the second quarter of 2021, amid continued disruption to supply chains and mail services, cybercriminals continued to take advantage of this to steal money and credit card data.
Since last year, scammers have been taking advantage of package delivery problems to convince users to click on malicious email links.
In the second quarter of 2021, not only has this trend continued, but cybercriminals have become more adept at personalizing their spam submissions. Users saw an increase in the number of invoice messages in different languages requesting money for anything from customs duties to shipping costs.
These emails often lead victims to fake websites, where they risk not only losing money, but also putting their bank card details at risk, as Kaspersky has warned.
Cybercriminals also dared this quarter with a new modality: websites that offered the possibility of buying packages that could not reach their recipients. These websites were set up like a lottery. Users did not know the contents of the package. They bid based on the weight of the package which, if they ‘won’, never arrived, not even after paying the winning bid.
Another new trick from this last quarter consisted of spamming WhatsApp requesting small amounts of money. These scams responded to different schemes. One asked users to take a survey on WhatsApp and send messages to various contacts to receive a prize. Another claimed that users had already won a grand prize and that all they had to do to collect it was pay a small amount.