This is an update to the post V1agr4 Spam Is Old And Busted, Valentine Spam Is The New Hotness on the 10th of Feb where I talked about a new and troubling trend (i like using that phrase).
Since then, the incoming rate of Valentine spam has remained at about 40 per day now which is pretty impressive. I’m guessing the spammers are holding out hope that the keyword searches using Valentine in it are expected to continue during the week which is understandable. Regarding this question i had posed:
2. Will it slow or stop in the few days leading to Thursday?
The answer thus far is “no”, it has not slowed or stopped, though I’ll continue to monitor
I’m expecting it’ll continue through Valentine’s Day but not after. That will show how closely the spammer(s) are watching and trying to stay in step with the expected behavioral patterns of people.
If these guys/gals are really good they’d also be monitoring Google Trends to see what the search trends are and try to piggyback on those popular keywords or the 2nd and 3rd tier of popular keywords.