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Everything is for sale!

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

News about companies being bought and sold is standard fare. Such transactions occur in the anti-virus industry as well.

Avast Software, known to many for its anti-virus solutions, announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase AVG Technologies.

And, naturally, not everybody is happy with the changes—many employees of the company that’s been bought out are dissatisfied with their new working conditions; partners are waiting to learn of any changes being made to the rules of cooperation; and customers rightly fear that the products they are used to and have come to enjoy will no longer be developed and supported. In general, everybody is looking for a “Plan B”, just to be on the safe side.

And, of course, there are those who want to make money on this latest news.

From: Meryl Bender []
Sent: Saturday, July 09, 2016 12:14 AM
Subject: As Avast Software to Buy AVG


As Avast Announces Agreement to Acquire AVG for $1.3B, would you like to acquire complete verified and opt-in business contacts of AVG users & partners across Worldwide who can be potential clients for your company?

If you are looking to target any other client base please let me know so that I can get back to you with necessary details like samples, pricing options etc. for your review or you can also let me know a convenient time so that we can talk more about this in detail.

Appreciate your time and look forward to hearing from you.

Warm regards,
Meryl Bender | Sr. Marketing Coordinator
We provide all kind of contact database across the globe.

Email Database (B2B, B2C, Technology) –Email Append/Cleansing -Telemarketing Campaign -Market Survey - Website Analysis - Email Campaign -SEO -Company Profiling

Here’s what we can say about this message:

  1. The letter is allegedly from a commercial company (this is signified by the domain .com in the address); the job title is mentioned in the complimentary close—but there are no contact details: no phone number, no company website, and no other way to get in touch. And, the headers indicate that the sending address differs from the address specified in the “From” field.
  2. The message isn’t addressed to anyone specific.
  3. The chaotic format is unusual for a business letter.

Conclusion: This is spam, ineptly disguised as a business letter.

The Anti-virus Times recommends

We won’t even touch on the issue of how dishonest it is to trade in a company’s client databases (i.e., to reveal users’ personal information without their permission); we ask that you just remember the following:

  • Not all emails you receive are from legitimate users.
  • You should never follow links contained in such letters, or answer such letters.
  • It is strongly discouraged to forward such messages indiscriminately. A message received FROM YOU will be trusted much more than spam.
  • If you keep getting a particular message from an unwanted sender, add the sender’s address to the blacklist in the window Exclusion→Anti-spam.


  • And last, if you see a news story about the sale of Doctor Web, know that it’s either a newspaper hoax or scheming on the part of our competitors.


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