Saturday, April 9, 2011

Lottery Scam Alert - - Latest Winning Notification from Mrs Angel Johnson of Coca Cola

Today I received the following mail and I'm sure thousands of internet users would have received that email winning notification; pretending to be exclusively for me.   

Mrs Angel Johnson (Promo Manager) congratulating me for winning big cash amount from Coca Cola Company and asking to provide personal information for further processing. Further processing will end up on the demand of processing fee and bala bala bala.

It's a scam, so don't get trapped and never send your personal information.

From: Coca'Cola Award (
Sent: Sat, April 9, 2011 10:24:27 AM
Subject: Claims


Be informed that Your email id have just won a cheque of 1,000,000.00 GBP Sterling From the Coca'Cola Online Promo award 2011. Bellow required for claim.

Full Name -
Address -
Age -
Country -
Mobile -
Occupation -

Tell, +44-701-424-3921


Online Banking Alert From ICICI Bank - - A New Phishing Scam for ICICI Customers to Steal Their Personal Information

Beware! Its a Cyber World - - Summary: Online Banking Alert From ICICI Bank

Email, purporting to be from India's ICICI Bank claims that the recipient's account is locked due to invalid attempts of logging-in supposedly done to secure the personal information of recipient. Further, it is instructed to update the information through the link given in the mail.

I received this mail today from ICICI Online Banking Service; but I have never been a client of ICICI bank. Even I never applied for any account in ICICI bank. 

No doubt its another phishing scam ..... the email is not from the ICICI Bank. Instead it is a phishing scam designed to trick bank customers into handing over their bank login details to Internet scammers.

Once anyone will click the link given in the mail it will lead to a look-a-like website of ICICI. The screen shot is given below:

 Following are the contents of mail from cyber criminals:


Sent: Sat, April 9, 2011 4:13:05 PM
Subject: Online Banking Alert

Dear Customer,

We've noticed that you experienced trouble logging into your ICICI Online Banking Account.

After three unsuccessful attempts to access your account, your ICICI Online Profile was locked. This has been done to secure your accounts and to protect your personal information from being compromised. ICICI Bank is committed to making sure that your online transactions are secure.

To unlock your account, and verify your identity please follow this link and sign in:
{link removed}
Online Customer Service

Beware! Its a Cyber World - - Explanation: The message is not from the ICICI Bank and the claim that the recipient's bank account has been locked is a lie designed to trick him or her into the trap set by cyber criminals. Like other legitimate financial entities, the ICICI Bank does not send unsolicited emails asking its customers to provide bank account log-in details. In case of any mail coming from Bank or Financial Institution be careful about following points:
REMEMBER – Bank or Financial Institution will never contact you & ask for your logon details or password or any other personal information over email.

NEVER - follow a link within an email to use Internet Banking facilities - Bank or Financial Institution will never ask you to login from a link in email. - Never tell password(s) to any body.

BEWARE - of fraudulent websites looking similar to your Banking website. - of scam e-mails which may contain virus or be linked to a fraudulent website

Monday, April 4, 2011

Britons Realized Cyber Crime Threat Only After They Become Victims: Norton Experts Report

LONDON - The latest research by Norton, internet security solutions provider, suggests that Britons are mostly unaware of the risk of cyber crime until they become a victim in real life. 
The remarks come as the firm launches the new Norton Cybercrime Index, which permits users to see at a quick look the number of threats presently circulating online.

Senior director of Norton consumer products Dan Nadir said, “People tend not to think about cybercrime until they've become a victim of it themselves. We're constantly working to raise awareness of the issue and that's the main purpose behind the Norton Cybercrime Index."

The expert also declared that cybercrime statistics fail to show a precise situation of the threats that computer users face on a daily basis.

“Official statistics are likely to be conservative, as many people do not know who to turn to in the event of a cyber attack, which means it is usually left unreported,” Dan Nadir added further.

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