Today I'm gonna discuss another personal Cyber Attack in the form of "Lottery Winner". this time Cyber Cow Boys use the name of Famous NOKIA to fool me up. The mail with it's full contents is presented here for your review:
CONGRATULATIONS your email address has been sellected as one of the lucky email ID among our 2009 Nokia promotion. Therefore you are entitled to the sum of GBP 2,000,000 pounds (2 million pounds) with this Ref.(NK-L/702-98767). Kindly contact Mr.Martins Charles, Mrs.Tina Mantu on this email ID: firstname.lastname@example.org They will guide you on how you will claim your won prize. CONGRATULATIONS!!.
I was dead sure about the mail that it's an attempt to fool me; even then I tried to locate the domain mentioned in mail. But couldn't succeded then from Google Search I found following mail even more detailed to one of our cyber world colleague that he posted on http://www.consumercomplaints.in/complaints/nokiaclaimsofficepremiumadvertsltdcom-c129286.html:
|Posted: 2009-01-15 by Send email|
Recieved mail from Nokia Promotion for award. Please see attached mail and bring the culprit to fustice.
> Premium Adverts Limited,
> Payment Agents Nokia 2009 Promotion.
> London, United Kingdom.
> Dear Winner,
> Thank you for contacting us. We received your email regarding your winning
> notification sent to you.
> I am Mr. Martins Charles, your claims officer. Am in position to confirm
> to you that your email address won a lottery Prize in the Nokia 2009
> Promotion held in United Kingdom, which amounts to GBP 2, 000, 000 (Two
> Million pounds) attached to the reference numbers (NK-L/702-98767).
> I say congratulations for being the owner and user of the email address
> attached to this prize. Being in this position, I can understand that you
> are not sure of what to do, but let me assure and guarantee you that it is
> my duty to assist you, and I will assist you in every manner possible, to
> ensure that you claim your Lottery Prize.
> We would like to know you a bit better, hence the information, which I am
> going to request of you below. But before that, please be informed of the
> 1. The prize, which you have won, has not attracted a ticket, therefore,
> the prize is uninsured. Because the prize is uninsured, we are not in
> position at anytime to access your prize or restrict you from claiming
> your prize. You have absolute right to claim your prize and utilize it as
> you deem fit.
> 2. Because your prize is attached to the ticket numbers attached to your
> email address, we do not know you personally. As a result, your prize is
> presently being deposited in a Suspense Account with our paying bank. We
> propose that your Lottery Prize would be transferred to you via banking
> channels. However, the prize cannot be transferred directly out of the
> Suspense Account with our paying bank, because for a transfer to take
> place there must be a signatory to such account, and the Suspense Account
> in which your Lottery Prize is deposited presently has no signatory.
> 3. You would therefore be required to open a Personal Account with our
> paying bank, and after this is completed, your lottery prize would be
> moved out of our Suspense Account with our paying bank and lodged into
> your Personal Account with our paying bank, and from your account with our
> paying bank your prize can be wired into any other accounts as you may
> Having stated the above and hoping that you understand the details
> therefore, I would need you to provide me with the following details to
> enable me proceed with the process of releasing your prize:
> 1. Your complete names and physical address.
> 2. Your sex and age
> 3. Your company name and physical address.
> 4. Your private and work, telephone and fax numbers, if available.
> 5. A copy of your internationally acceptable means of identification, for
> example your International Passport, Country Passport, Driver's license or
> company staff ID.
> As soon as I receive the above information from you, I would be able to
> advise you further.
> I thank you for your understanding, and i say congratulations to you.
> Please confirm receipt of this email, by return email.
> Yours Sincerely.
> Mr. Martins Charles,
> Claims officer.
> Tell + 447045784313.
Another same kind of mail is as follows:
From: NOKIA <grassroots(*)community.org.cn>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2008 20:42:30 +0800
Felicitations your email address has been sellected as one of the lucky email ID among our 2008 Nokia promotion. Therefore you are entitled to the sum of GBP 2,000,000 pounds (2 million pounds) with this Ref.(NK-L/702-98767).
Kindly contact Mr.Martins Charles, Mrs.Tina Mantu on this email ID: nokia2008claimsoffice(*)premiumadvertsltd.com
They will guide you on how you will claim your won prize. CONGRATULATIONS!!
All above given examples are related to the name of NOKIA Lottery. But always remeber:
(As they say in Russia: "You get free cheese only in a rat's trap".)
Be warned, they promise millions but first you have to pay...
Take Care and Good Bye up to the next Mega Million Story