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BMW company 2012 award promotion scam email

Posted by TechGeek on May 23, 2012

An interesting fake email received with subject line as “CONGRATULATION!!!” with the file attachment. Generally, such fake email contains information about fake promotion, lottery promotion or winning notification in the email body itself but not with this email. This time scammer didn’t add any detailed information into the email body rather contained a bold message line asking to view the attachment. The attachment was nothing but a Microsoft document file with file name “BMW__2012_AWARD_PROMO2012_3.doc”. Here is the screenshot of the email:

email 300x220 BMW company 2012 award promotion scam emailWe recommend you to never download any attachment from unknown sender. The attached doc file contains the scam message with images and winning notification along with phone number of scammer. Here is the screenshot of the message:

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Interestingly, the scammer has put this usual email subject in the doc file instead of in email body. This may be intentionally done by the scammer to avoid the email being detected as a spam by email vendors. The message says that you have won a brand BMW car worth of GBP 22,500. Also along with winning car, you have also won some additional benefits shown in below message:

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Then scam message asks for your personal information to be sent over the email provided. file 3 300x123 BMW company 2012 award promotion scam email

Look at the above information, the message asks your bank details. This is really scary if someone accidentally sends the bank details to the scammer. Lastly, scammer provides his/her own information like name, phone and email:

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Interesting to see that scammers are sending scam messages inside the document file and not in the email body. This scam is more dangerous as it uses brand name like BMW and asks for your bank account details.

Never share any details over the phone or email.

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Google 13th anniversary awards held in UK email spam

Posted by TechGeek on November 23, 2011

x prize logo Google 13th anniversary awards held in UK email spamThis is yet another spam email circulating over the internet. This time a big brand name Google is used by spammers with lot more details in order to convince victim to think if it is coming from real Google. The even mentioned by spam email says “Google 13th Anniversary Awards as organized by the Anniversary Centre of Google Inc., held on Sept. 27th, 2011 in the United Kingdom”.

The email has been written so well that people will convince thinking it’s a true event and may provide their personal information. Even the email says the prize won must be claimed by the email owner only, not later than 30 days from the date of notification.” The spam email comes with subject line “Award Notification!!” with sender as Google UK. Here are the contents of the email,

Congratulations!!

We are pleased to inform you that your email address attached to file No: G13/B-1/2011 with award reference no: GGL2011/244/M-13 has been selected to receive an award of Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds (£ 500,000.00) in the last batch of Google 13th Anniversary Awards as organized by the Anniversary Centre of Google Inc., held on Sept. 27th, 2011 in the United Kingdom.

Google Inc randomly selected 13 email addresses through a computer ballot system to receive £ 500,000.00 prize money each as a part of their for-profit philanthropic wing (GOOGLE.ORG) promotion. The prize won MUST be claimed by the email owner ONLY, not later than 30 days from the date of notification.

Send your complete personal information with your award ref. and file no. to enable us process your claim;

1. Full name:

2. Country :

3. Contact Address:

4. Telephone or Mobile:

5. Marital Status:

6. Occupation:

7. Sex:

8. Age:

9. Email:

 Dr. Barry Petko

Director of Operations, Google Claim Centre

Tel: +44 701 028 5565 or +44 871 315 0967

Fax: +44 870 495 6313 or +44 870 471 8742

Email: gglclaims@gmail.com or googleanndraws@live.co.uk

Please do not reply if you are NOT the owner of this email address.

Sincerely Yours,

Google Management

Larry Page and Sergey Brin (Founders of Google Inc.) committed 1% of Google’s equity, 1% of profits, employee time, and in-kind giving of products and services to doing good. Keep your award information confidential to avoid double claims.”

The last few lines are amazing and spammer even used the Google founder names. Avoid such emails and never share personal information over the email.

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International cricket world cup promotion 2011 email spam

Posted by TechGeek on November 23, 2011

Spammers continue to take advantages of brand names or events in order to lure victim into providing their personal information. Spammer collects email addresses from websites, forums, chatrooms, or newsgroups. This time the spammer used International Cricket World Cup promo 2011 event in order to spread the spam email.

The email comes with subject line “CONGRATUALTIONS!!!” Here are the content of the spam email,ICC 300x287 International cricket world cup promotion 2011 email spam

NOTIFICATION!! NOTIFICATION!! NOTIFICATION!!

INTERNATIONAL CRICKET COUNCIL

UNITED KINGDOM-LONDON [BR]

SUDBURY SUFFOLK CO10 2PG

TEL NUMBER:+ (+447017459960}+447014248130}

FAX NUMBER+44(701)002-8480

E-MAIL:CRICKETCLAIMDRAW2011@LIVE.CO.UK

E-MAIL: ICCCRICKETWORLD_CUP2011@LIVE.COM

CLAIM AGENT:DR MORRISON JONES

 

CONGRATULATION!! YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS HAS WON{£500,000 GBP}

IN JUST CONCLUDED INTERNATIONAL CRICKET WORLD CUP PROMO 2011.

FOR CLAIM YOUR WINNING PRIZE,YOU ARE TO FILL UP THE VERIFICATION

FORM BELLOW AND SEND BACK VIA {ICCCRICKETLONDON2011@LIVE.COM}

1 FULL NAME……………………………….,

2 FULL ADDRESS………………………….,

3 NATIONALITY……………………………,

4 WINNING E-MAIL ADDRESS……..,

5 MOBILE NUMBER………………………,

6 DATE OF BIRTH………………………….,

7 MARITAL STATUS………………………,

8 STATE/PROVINCE………………………,

9 OCCUPATION…………………………….,

10 SEX……………………………………………,

THANKS AND REGARDS

DR MORRISON JONES

The email says that your email ID has own cash in international cricket world cup promotion and email has ICC logo attached. This is fake and ICC doesn’t host such events. Spammer also provided UK phone numbers with this email. If victim calls or sends his/her personal information, they can lose their money. Do not share any of your personal information over the emails with anyone.

Stay tuned for more such spams on the internet.

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Fake Yahoo/MSN mobile promotion scam on cell phones

Posted by TechGeek on September 12, 2011

Fake promotions scams are not new but scammers are effectively using it. Initially, scammers were spreading such fake scams via emails but nowadays they are sending fake text on users mobile. The text message will ask you to send personal information to the email mentioned in the SMS. They use brand names like Yahoo, Microsoft etc. in such fake messages so that users can believe.

Do read: Fake Microsoft promotion scam

Uneducated victim then sends his/her personal or sensitive information to the unknown email address in order to claim the prize. Victim will be then asked by scammer behind this for some cash for courier charges. If victim sends or transfer money to scammer, he/she will lose all the money without getting anything back.

Here is the latest text message received on mobile which is related to Yahoo/MSN mobile promotion scam,

GOOD NEWS: CONGRATULATION!!!YOUR MOBILE NUMBER HAS BEEN SELECTED FOR 250,000.00GBP IN YAHOO/MSN MOBILE PROMOTION 2011 FOR CLAIM, SEND YOUR FULL NAME,ADDRESS,MOBILE NUMBER,OCCUPATION,ANNUAL INCOME,DATE OF BIRTH,SEX,FULL BANK DETAILS,PASSPORT SIZE PHOTO VERY URGENT TO MRS.RICE VIA E-MAIL ID: mobile2011@w.cn”.

Look at the above text message received on mobile, the text message ask for personal and sensitive information like birth date, mobile, bank details etc. Even if the message says the YAHOO or MSN promotion, the email address used is not related to any of this brand.

Always remember, brand names like Yahoo, MSN etc. never promotes such draws and they will never ask you for your personal information.

 

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Another free Facebook t-shirt scam circulating

Posted by TechGeek on September 8, 2011

A few months back, we blogged about new Apple iPhone 5 free Give away on Facebook scam. Now, yet another fake new Facebook free t-shirt scam is circulating over the popular social network. The fake message with an image of t-shirt is posted on your wallpost once you click on the fake link in the message. The messages used are different and says “Just received a free t-shirt from facebook  it looks great guys…i ordered it from here FAKE LINK” or “WOW!! Got a free facebook T-SHIRT. Unpacking it now . Get it here : FAKE LINK”. facebook tshirt Another free Facebook t shirt scam circulatingThe fake link automatically uploads an image file of Facebook t-shirt on your profile and post a status message with the fake message on your wallpost. This message is then displayed to your friends who may fall victim to such scams. Here is the screenshot of such fake scam messages,

Remember this is yet another fake online scam and Facebook team is not giving any free t-shirts. User should not click on such links. Nothing is free in this world. Spread this to your friends and family.

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