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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:

We 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:

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:

Then scam message asks for your personal information to be sent over the email provided.

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:

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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BBC UK lotodraw scam SMS on mobile

Posted by TechGeek on May 18, 2012

Here is the latest SMS received on the mobile related to BBC UK lotodraw.

BBC UK!:Your MobileNo has Won £500,000 in BBC.Int.LotoDraw, To ClaimPrize Send FullDetail:Name,Add,Country,Sex,Age,Occ,Email,

Last year, we blogged about fake scam promotion on cell phones which lure victim to provide their sensitive and personal information. Mobile users are increasing day by day and that’s where scammers are using mobile platform to promote their fake scams. Many times, people receives fake mobile SMS from scammers mainly related to lottery, money scam etc.

Most of the time SMS contains scammers email address and asks for user’s personal information. The victim who fails to understand motive behind SMS sends his/her personal information to scammer and may loose his/her personal identity or often leads to paying the money to scammer.

Remember to ignore such SMS and do not provide your any personal information over the mobile or email.

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Use Google SMS search on your mobile

Posted by TechGeek on August 19, 2011

Mobile users and fans of Google in India, we often use Google search to find all the information like nearby restaurants, movie times, aircraft, etc. This requires an Internet connection to your computer. When you are not near your computer, you use mobile devices with an Internet connection to search for information. Most of the mobile devices lacks internet facility or does not support internet.

Then can you use Google search on your mobile phones even if you don’t have internet facility? Yes, you can use Google SMS for your phone.

The Google SMS search works similar to web search engine on your phone. You can get cricket scores, train schedules & ticket status, horoscopes, movie showtimes, restaurant information etc. through text SMS on your phone. You don’t have to pay a premium charge for any of this, just the price of a standard SMS. Simply send your search query by SMS to 9-77-33-00000 and Google will send you results back by SMS immediately.

This is really helpful if you are at unknown place and need to find places to hang out or restaurants to eat.

Save 9-77-33-00000 on your phonebook for quick and easy access to Google SMS. All GSM/CDMA mobile operator networks are supported such as Aircel, Airtel, BPL, BSNL, Idea, Reliance, Spice, Tata, and Vodafone. Remember, incoming messages from Google are not charged.

Google SMS search turns your mobile into internet enabled mobile for sure. You can read more about it here.

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Facebook Messenger app for your smart phones

Posted by TechGeek on August 10, 2011

Facebook is certainly moving faster in a social networking race with new features. Last month they announced a new product called video-chat, and now they came up with Facebook Messenger app. Messenger is a stand-alone mobile application that lets you message friends right on their phones. You can now get and send messages directly to friends quickly on their mobile phones, so you stay connected wherever you go.

Facebook Messenger app is integrated with your Facebook chats and messages, so it can be saved as part of your conversations on Facebook. Messenger is now available for iPhone and Android devices, and will soon be available for Blackberries. The good thing is that, people who do not have Messenger on their mobile device will receive your messages as texts.

You can also make group conversation with this messenger. This Messenger also supports location mapping, so you can see where the people are. You can have complete control over messages settings where one can start, stop or resume messaging. If you are using iPhone or Android devices, you can get the app by searching for “Facebook Messenger” in your phone’s app store.

Facebook Messenger app is free of cost and certainly looks like a faster messenger for mobile. People will be eager to use this app immediately.

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Protect your data using BitLocker Drive encryption in Windows 7

Posted by TechGeek on August 8, 2011

Are your worried about your data loss, theft or hackers? Windows 7 can help you to protect data on your PC and portable storage devices against loss or theft with BitLocker. BitLocker a new feature of Windows 7 helps keep everything from documents to passwords safer by encrypting the entire drive where your data resides. You can use BitLocker Drive Encryption to help protect all files stored on the drive where Windows is installed and on fixed data drives (such as internal hard drives). You can even protect all files stored on removable data drives such as external hard drives or USB flash drives.

If you encrypt the operating system drive, BitLocker checks your computer during startup for any conditions that could represent a security risk. If it detects potential security risk, BitLocker will lock the operating system drive and require a special BitLocker recovery key (which you can create when you turn on BitLocker for the first time) to unlock it. Unlike file system encryption which enables you to encrypt individual files, BitLocker encrypts the entire drive. This means even if you hard drive is stolen; nobody can access the data inside the drive.

BitLocker is only available in the Ultimate and Enterprise editions of Windows 7. To setup,

1)      Open BitLocker Drive Encryption by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Security and then clicking BitLocker Drive Encryption.

2)      Click Turn On BitLocker. This opens the BitLocker setup wizard. Administrator permission required If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

3)      Follow the instructions in the wizard.

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