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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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Beware of fake emails giving millions of cash

Posted by TechGeek on August 4, 2011

Many times people often receives fake emails called SPAM saying you have own prizes and all. Sometimes, email says “You have been lucky winner and you have won million dollars or pounds from company promotion”. The email then asks for your personal information like name, address, telephone etc. If you submit this information with reply to the email, you pose a great risk of identity theft. People believe in that due to their human nature and falls victim to such email scams.

If you submit your personal information to such emails, person behind such scam replies to you asking to transfer some small amount to their account for delivery charges. Victim then sends that money and waits for months to see the prize amount deposited to his/her account which never happens. You only lose your valuable money dreaming your prize amount. The email uses top brand names like COCA-COLA or Microsoft in the emails so that it looks attractive. Here is the sample email in Gmail,

The Gmail does a smart thing by automatically throwing this email to a SPAM folder and giving a nice red color warning “This message may not be from whom it claims to be. Beware of following any links in it or of providing the sender with any personal information”. This scam falls under Phishing or Vhishing if combined with phone.

Do read: Stay away from Phishing and Vhishing

Many email providers automatically send such fake emails from your Inbox to SPAM folder.  Even if is not new scam, people still becomes victim to this. Everyone should be educated to not to believe in such scams. Why someone will give million of cash for free? Why person or company from other country will transfer the money to a person belonging to different country? The person or spammer behind such emails has the only motive to earn money by fooling people.

Have you received such emails?

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