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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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Google 13th anniversary awards held in UK email spam

Posted by TechGeek on November 23, 2011

This 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,

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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Justin Bieber doing Drugs video scam spreading on Facebook

Posted by TechGeek on November 13, 2011

And new Facebook scams continue to spread with different messages. This time it is related to Justin Bieber doing Drugs video. We have again seen rise in such scams which popularly targets brand names like Twitter or famous celebrity like Justin Bieber. Scammers host a fake message on malicious servers and then ask victim to complete few surveys in order to see those fake videos. Here is wall post of affected friend,Justin Bieber doing DrugsWhen victim clicks on the above link to see the video, he/she will be taken to the fake website which hosts this video. Here is the page looks like, The malicious link in the wall post was shortened which reveals to “hxxp://lolvid1.co.nu/”.After you click on Watch Now link, you will again taken to the new page which display YouTube like video in the background with comments. It will immediately display survey window. In order to see the video, you will have to complete surveys which will give money to scammers. Here is how it looks,

The URL is still live and so the scam. It is sad to see that despite of all warnings from different websites about these scams, people are still falling victim to such scams.

Don’t click on such links. Spread this with your friends and family.

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Hackers already entered in Facebook hoax spreading

Posted by TechGeek on September 29, 2011

Surely, as Facebook is getting more and more popular, scammers and  attackers will target Facebook users by different ways. We are seeing lot of people posting status messages about security warning on Facebook. The message says,

ATTENTION EVERYONE:THE HACKERS ALREADY ENTERED IN FACEBOOK&THEY ARE PUTTING PORNOGRAPHIC VIDEOS TO YOUR NAME IN THE WALLS OR PROFILES … OF YOUR FRIENDS WITHOUT YOU KNOWING IT. . YOU DON´T SEE IT, BUT OTHER PEOPLE CAN SEE IT, AS IF THESE WERE A PUBLICATION THAT YOU MADE! SO IF YOU RECEIVE SOMETHING FROM ME, IT’S NOT MINE!!! 🙁 copy this in your wall;) it is for the security of YOUR OWN IMAGE :))”.

The message looks fake one and it may have circulated by someone who is behind this just to create the panic. After reading such status messages, people will re-post it on their profile assuming it is a real one.

Till now, we have not observed any pornographic videos on anyone’s Facebook profile. We will continue to monitor those and will post if we find it. Such messages are always created many times for fun also. So don’t believe in such messages and do not spread it by posting on your wall post.

To be on safe side, create a strong password and do some home work on Facebook privacy and security settings. You can find security and privacy related articles on our website also. So don’t panic.

In the mean time, you can tighten your Facebook security with the help of security settings provided by Facebook team.  To read more,

Increase your Facebook account protection with additional settings

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