BBB Claims that KFC Mails are Circulating
As per the reports by wave3.com on July 29, 2011 Better Business Bureau (BBB) in Louisville (US) has warned about a scam mail that claims to be from the chicken fast food chain Kentucky's Fried Chicken, commonly known as KFC.
BBB claims that the scam email clearly displays the KFC logo, which is against the copyright. It provides a questionnaire of 30 questions in the format of a survey; though only four of these questions actually are related to the chicken company. The rest of the other questions are based on other companies. However, after each set of 4-5 questions, the email recipient is asked to provide their personal details relating to their e-mail address, contact numbers and address.
BBB informed that the fake survey attempts at enticing the email recipient by offering a $100 gift card. But in actual, none of the gifts are given. Rather some of the responders start receiving phone calls marketing their products and services from various other firms.
The above mentioned information was credited by a consumer who informed that after she completed a lengthy survey the next day four or five telemarketers started asking her about the survey, as per the news by courierpress.com on July 29, 2011.
BBB said that another consumer stated that she got a survey mail from an address that is not of KFC or any other vendor.
According to YUM! Brands KFC's parent company, is the act is not a sponsored survey and their legal team is investigating the matter, as per the news by Louisville.bbb.org on July 29, 2011.
BBB recommended that consumers getting such an email should file a report with the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) at www.ic3.gov instead of filing a complaint against YUM or KFC.
Notably, this is not the first time of attack on KFC. In June 2010, for example, fraudulent e-mails that tried to attract people with the assurance of winning assured prizes such as free car or product vouchers were found.
These kinds of e-mail scam can really become the sole cause of all sorts of irrelevant and irritating telemarketing calls. However, the security experts opined that one can smoothly handle the situation by simply avoiding sharing of any personal details in an e-mail. Specially, the e-mails that declare the announcement of an offer or a gift or a simple survey should be strictly avoided as these bears maximum chance of carrying a spam.
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