Fresh Spam Related to 2012 London Olympics Detected
Scam e-mails telling recipients they're winners of 800,000 pounds from a promotional campaign of the 2012 London Olympics are presently circulating online, published hoax-slayer.com in news on May 29, 2012.
Displaying a header "A lottery for the Future 2012 Olympics," the fake electronic mail informs the recipient that out of the nine fortunate chosen e-mail ids, his id is one among those winning the 2012 London Olympic Campaign Promotion. Hence, the recipient is entitled to get 800,000 pounds for which the e-mail sender is conveying his congratulations to him. Meanwhile, to maintain official records, the user requires to fill out certain details, while his identification number is provided at the end of the message, the e-mail concludes.
Astonishingly, the requested details include the recipient's name, age, gender, telephone number, address, occupation, marital status, country and fax number.
Moreover, the details if entered, land up with the scammers who may utilize them in conducting phishing scams alternatively committing sophisticated payment frauds, analysts examining the rogue electronic mail remark.
They therefore assert not to believe the e-mail as there isn't any award or winning money for the recipient. There isn't even any promotion as claimed in the e-mail. Nor does the e-mail have any connection with the 2012 London Olympics. Indeed, the e-mail quite characteristically represents the advance fee fraud campaign crafted for duping users into giving away personal information and/or money to cyber-criminals.
Notably, for people believing the trick as also transmitting the requested details, they'll invariably get directed for submitting several fees sequentially for apparently processing the claims. The fake e-mail perpetrators will most surely assert that the payments are part of indispensable legal requirements as well as insist for their payment wholly prior to the awarding of the prize. The different fee expenditures mentioned include just any possible item ranging from banking fees to tax obligations and insurance costs, the analysts enumerate.
Now, the London 2012 Olympic-centered spam mails aren't something unknown. Recently, F-Secure the Finland-based security company reported such e-mails having web-links to one nasty PDF file, supposedly providing the Olympic Games time-table, which affected Adobe's Acrobat and Reader, earlier versions.
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