Croydon Inhabitants Cautioned about Fake ‘Olympics’ E-mails
South London, England located Croydon's Department of Trading Standards has issued an alert to residents for remaining vigilant of e-mails that pose as messages from the London 2012 Olympic Games organizing committee. Thisislocallondon.co.uk reported this on August 1, 2011.
Actually an agency, Trading Standards provides consultation and advisory services to enterprises operating from Croydon.
Meanwhile, an attachment inside the fake electronic mail, which initially looks like a correspondence, is really scanned, after the Game's organizing authority supposedly wrote it. The correspondence tells its reader that based on a random selection he has been chosen to get an enormous cash award. Thereafter he's directed that he should e-mail his private information to someone who'll be managing his so-called prize.
Moreover, there's the logo of the Olympic Games inside the correspondence to make it appear persuasive, however, it attempts at hurrying the reader for sending a reply, while keeping the proceedings secret.
Cabinet Member Councilor Simon Hoar for Community Safety stated that anybody answering the above kind of e-mail was chanced with being included into the scammers' list and thereby to get further e-mails crafted for grabbing his money. Thisislocallondon.co.uk reported this.
Indeed, given the above mentioned incidence, security researchers in a remark say that there's an alarming rise in e-mail scams announcing bogus lottery-prizes especially those revolving around particular sporting events, say, Olympics.
The researchers, however, add that there's neither any lottery nor any cash reward. If anybody starts an interaction with the fraudsters via answering the fraudulent lottery e-mails he'll end up getting victimized with ID-theft since the scammers will have extracted personal details from him.
Thus, incase anyone gets a sample of these fraudulent electronic mails, he should most importantly not answer it rather delete it, the researchers advise.
They also suggest certain easy measures for lessening the possibilities of getting victimized with such scam electronic mails. First, end-users should note that there can never be an authentic lottery-prize for anyone who has not played it. Besides, genuine lotteries never coerce winners for dispatching their private particulars for claiming their prize money, like it has been done within the above mentioned fraud.
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