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RCIPS Warns of Scam Coca-Cola E-Mail

According to a warning by RCIPS (Royal Cayman Islands Police Service), the permanent contingent of police catering to the Cayman Islands of the British offshore regions, Internet-users require being aware about one fresh lottery scam electronic mail, which's posing as a message from Coca-Cola. Caymannewsservice.com reported this on July 13, 2011.

Addressing the e-mail recipient as "Dear Winner," the fake electronic mail states that the British Coca-Cola foundation is celebrating its seventh anniversary function; therefore, it, jointly with a few MNCs as well as other organizations pertinent to the occasion, is distributing an annual donation prize valuing $500,000 to its consumers because of their all-time support to Coca-Cola.

Further, the event organizers conducted a selection process of automatically picking up computers at random when the message's reader was found as one of the fortunate awardees, the e-mail informs.

Thereafter it tells the recipient that he requires providing certain private details for getting the cash award and they're his full name, age, gender, address, occupation and cell-phone number.

The e-mail also tries to get an instant reply from the recipient so it says that the award requires being claimed in 5 days from the said notice else it'll be forfeited.

Giving more information regarding the above mentioned e-mail, Claudia Brady Chief Inspector of RCIPS stated that those who dispatched the said e-mails merely required 1-2 individuals to become victimized with their scam for making the entire thing worthwhile. Actually, anybody who read the attached correspondence would observe that it was of extremely poor quality, considering that the sender was an enterprise like Coca-Cola. Thus, incase anyone got such an e-mail he must overlook it otherwise he'd lose out monetarily, Brady explained. Compasscayman.com published this on July 18, 2011.

Moreover, if anybody wanted advice regarding the way for recognizing an online fraud, he should dial the hotline phone-number of the Financial Crime Unit of RCIPS, Brady added.

Finally, online scammers targeting Coca-Cola isn't something new. During January 2011, AppRiver a security firm alerted people to a fraudulent e-mail, which promised awards to the public if they participated in a survey that Coca-Cola supposedly organized online.

Related article: RCBC Cautions about E-mails phishing off Clients’ Information

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