‘Canadian Cancer Society’ Name Used for Defrauding
The Canadian Cancer Society has proof of being falsely represented by some unknown organization. The organization has been sending fraudulent e-mails saying that some consumers had received an award in a lottery scam.
Security experts have alerted people about these fraudulent e-mails, which come from crooks and not the company name they are using. The company that calls itself "World Cancer Society" carries both the name and logo that could be wrongly interpreted as of the "Canadian Cancer Society".
The e-mail sends an "award notification" letter in a lottery game to consumers mentioning that they have been chosen for lump sum money of $55,000. Further, the e-mail requests the recipients to keep the news of the award and the prize money a 'top secret'. It also asks the recipients to pay a processing fee that is needed to wire the money into their accounts. The World Cancer Society has unlawfully used the renowned Canadian Cancer Society logo in its e-mails.
The e-mails are seemingly accompanied with a pre-approved "start-up check" of $2,520 with instructions to deposit into the recipient's bank account. But he must instantly get in touch with a 'claims agent' for the processing of remittance of the prize money to the desired account.
Many people have received such bogus e-mails. The mails typically ask for processing fees, taxes and delivery, or bank account information for identity verification. Actually, whoever responds to such e-mails will never receive a penny and if the respondent sends any money, it will be lost forever. The chance of winning the lottery or the gamble, even if it is legitimate, is nil.
Barbara Kaminsky, CEO for the Canadian Cancer Society, B.C. and Yukon Division, clearly said that the Society in British Columbia and the Yukon is absolutely not related to the sweepstakes lottery or any of its representatives asking for people's banking details. Kaminsky had advised netizens to alert the police about any suspicious incident or contact the 'Better Business Bureau'. People can otherwise call the 'Information Service' of the 'Canadian Cancer Society' to report the same.
It is, therefore, important that individuals remain careful about e-mails announcing unexpected prize or soliciting funds.
Related article: “Loopholes did not cause online banking thefts”: ICBC
» SPAMfighter News - 09-10-2006