Dr Who and the Viagra Spammers of Doom

Filed Under: Spam

I haven't exactly kept it a secret on this blog that I'm a huge fan of the British TV series "Doctor Who". There have been numerous gratuitous references to the show that I have loved since I was about three years old.

I was, therefore, bemused to receive some spam this morning that appeared to be referencing Doctor Who and the recent series of "specials" that have seen lead actor David Tennant regenerate into what appears to be a sixth former with floppy hair and gangly fingers. (Do I sound bitter that the BBC has not only hired someone other than myself to play The Doctor, but also that he's younger than me?)

Dr Who Viagra spam

The image in the spam, which promotes an online pharmacy, isn't Doctor Who-related of course, but the subject line is. And it's just the latest example of spammers using sometimes tempting subject lines to try and get you to open their unwanted message.

In my experience, sad Doctor Who fans like me don't have that adventurous a social life - so I'm not sure it's a market that's likely to need that much Viagra anyway.

As always, don't click on links in unsolicited emails and don't buy goods sold to you via spam - you're only encouraging them to contact you more, and you could find you are putting your health at risk if you purchase medications online.

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