Nokia Cautions Users of Lottery Scam
Nokia, a leader in mobile device market, has published an official communication for all its users spread across the world with a precautionary alert against a lottery scam turning viral in a short time, reported IBNLive on March 10, 2012.
As per the information by Nokia, several users globally have been distributing their e-mail address and other details on various Nokia forums in anticipation of the result of the "Nokia Lottery" participated by them.
"Nokia is not indulged in any lottery scam and any message claiming to be from Nokia is just a scam and the Company is alerting the users to remain assertive and not respond back to any of such e-mails or SMSes. Specially, the bank account particulars or luring with money for participating in the lottery", said Nokia, according to the reports of IBNLive on March 10, 2012.
Further, while alerting people for the same, Nokia held that if by replying, or following the requested actions, all personal details of an individual could be leaked out and misused. These kinds of messages are drafted quite tactfully to leave an impact upon the users. Due to such acts, some of the users either end up loosing money or even vital personal information too. As such, unless the message seems to be coming from an authentic user, a person should restrict themselves from answering the same.
Nokia added that "Nokia lottery" is a mere name of callous scammers that have been created and now using it to their own advantage. Other types of scam message might include the titles Nokia Live Promo, Nokia year Promotion, Nokia New Year Bonanza, or Nokia anniversary. It's all one thing i.e. scam and it simply indicates no lottery, no gain, as published by conversations.nokia on its site on March 8, 2012.
However, the concept of lottery scam sounds quite convincing. It deals into the participation without which there would simply be no gain which is true for every field. Even a private organization never pays withouht a job.
Nokia suggested that if anyone wants to seek help or want to report against such messages to someone who might not able to stop them, there are several agencies and sites out there that can help i.e. Action Fraud and Anti-phishing working group.
Also, the scammers are not using Nokia lottery for the first time to grab sensitive data of users. In January 2011, hoax email, SMS seeming to be from 'Nokia lottery 'were sent in pursue of n ongoing Nokia Promo that promised a large sum of money to the winners.
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