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Scammers Exploit Manchester City’s Name, Investigation Launched

EPL (English Premier League) a soccer club situated at Manchester therefore named Manchester City recently conducted an investigation following online-scammers impersonating the club while aiming at defrauding Internauts, published manchestereveningnews.co.uk dated July 24, 2013.

Using a Swedish e-mail id, the fraudulent e-mail showed the signatory as one Karl Kataoka. It told the recipient that he was a winner of 1m pounds from the 2013 Manchester City promotion courtesy Abu Dhabi. The recipient was one among 6 fortunate winners, the e-mail informed.

A particular recipient of the e-mail, wishing to remain anonymous, stated that spam mails frequently appeared as sore thumb jutting out, therefore, they were easy to identify as well as discard, reported manchestereveningnews.co.uk.

However, at the time scammers exploited any major club's name, for instance, Manchester City towards fooling victims, it wasn't difficult to perceive why a few individuals could believe the ploy. Everyone knew that Manchester City's owners were extremely rich, hence there were all probabilities whereby they could launch a lottery similar as the above, despite it being unexpected, the recipient analyzed. Machestereveningnews.co.uk reported this.

The method whereby fraudsters operate such scams start with dispatching certain scam e-mail to potential victims lauding them on becoming winners of a so-called prize amounting huge like the GBP1m within the aforementioned instance. Before they're able to get the prize, e-mails arrive asking for funds towards meeting processing expenditure and tax requirements. And just as a victim pays once, additional e-mails follow directing to transfer more funds. Actually, there's no prize, while no cash claims comes the winner's way.

Hence, it's advisable that people mustn't ever answer such correspondences, more so incase they haven't participated in any sweepstake for, then there's no question of winning it either. Meanwhile, anyone who has lost money because of any scam similar as one mentioned above, he should inform Action Fraud about it, investigators of the scam outline.

Besides, in a similar scam exploiting football club's reputation, during October 2012, one fake electronic mail from the Manchester United soccer club invited boys to play in the club by paying a fee alternatively none at all depending on when registration would've commenced.

» SPAMfighter News - 8/1/2013

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