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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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Gmail’s last account activity security feature

Posted by TechGeek on July 5, 2011

Did you know about Gmail’s last account activity security feature? Last account activity feature shows you information about recent activities like from the locations last Gmail was gained access and IP address from which it was reached. This security feature is very good to know as it may be helpful to find out if someone else is accessing your account or your account is compromised. If you are accessing your Gmail from only the locations like work or home, Gmail will display IP addresses of both work and home networks with exact date and time.

The best thing about this feature is that it will display location of the last Gmail access with country and state name for example “United States (CA)”. To check you last Gmail account activity, login to your Gmail and look at the bottom of your page similar to,

The above image shows that last account activity was about 45 minutes ago on this computer. Click on Details link to see more details about your last account activities.

The above image shows detailed report of last account activity like,

1)      Access Type: Browser, Mobile or POP3. If you don not use Mobile to access your Gmail and if you see last account was accessed using Mobile then it can be a sign of account compromise.

2)      Location: Country name, State name and IP address of the person accessing the Gmail. Gmail will displays last ten IP addresses from which mail was accessed. Gmail will also label IP addresses that look suspicious. If you see any different or unfamiliar IP address in the list, you can change your password of Gmail account.

3)      Date and Time: Exact date and time when Gmail was accessed last time.

If your Gmail is currently being accessed from another location, Gmail will list the other sessions in a ‘Concurrent session information’ table like this,

With this security feature, you can able to see last ten activities of your mail access. If you see different access type or different country location or any other concurrent sessions, immediately change your Gmail password. You can learn more about this feature here.

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