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Bogus Lucky Draw E-Mail Scam Exploiting IRB’s Name

According to security researchers, Internet users require being alert about fraudulent e-mails posing as messages from IRB (International Rugby Board), thus published crm-daily.com in news on July 6, 2011.

Addressing recipients of the scam e-mail, the message tells each one of them that they're the winners of a million-dollar prize from a lottery draw of numerous e-mail addresses belonging to people who've been using them regularly.

The researchers observe that scammers are aware of people treating embedded web-links with suspicion these days, therefore rather than ask recipients to follow a given web-link, the scam e-mail tells them to dispatch enormous types of private data to one "claims administrator's" e-mail id. Nonetheless, the scam e-mail doesn't solicit any account information.

The 'researchers' further remark that spam mail campaigns involving fake lottery, are currently the commonest kinds of e-mail scam reaching users' inboxes. Thus it's being advised that users remain watchful about them like the one indicated in this article since they are actually non-existent, as well as never dispatch own private data such as name, birth date, age and address to a supposed organization or a stranger through e-mail.

Besides, if anybody begins communicating with the scamsters via answering the fake lottery e-mail, giving his private details, he may ultimately feel the impact when the fraudsters would utilize them for carrying out identity theft, the researchers add.

And because the above kind of scam e-mails are so malicious, security specialists recommend end-users who may have been already affected that they should contact the concerned officials to notify them about the e-mails in order that it becomes easy to nab the culprits and bring them to justice. Additionally, following the notifications, they must immediately erase the messages from their mailbox.

Eventually, scammers' act of exploiting a sporting event for distributing junk e-mails isn't something new. During the 1st-week of February 2011, Symantec the security company reported identifying dual scam e-mails wherein one told recipients that they were the 'supposed' winner of a lucky draw associated with the Brazil-based 2014 FIFA World Cup while the other similarly related to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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