Protect yourself from Email Scams

Never wonder again if you see floods of email messages in your inbox offering prizes,money and gifts.

Did you not notice that email scams gett worse at around this time of year.

Last year, I received one from Eurostar and now just a few minutes ago, I recieved one from Nokia.

On average everyday there are millions of fraud emails resulting scams.

In fact, online scams shows worst figures compared to off line crimes.

Just take a look at this  sample below:

You have won $500,000.00
From:
NOKIA MOBILE PROMO <mails@clientes.imagegroup.ws>

Add to Contacts

To:    

 

Congratulations!
Your email address has won $ 500,000.00 dollars in this Year’s Nokia ASIA Mobile Promo.
To claim E-mail your name, contact phone number and email address to hampton@asia.com

Nokia Promo Officer
Dr Philip Hampton.

Just glance at the email subject and headlines and the way it was address to you and you should feel suspcious already about it.

And here’s another one , just  look at the content of the email  is similar to a form of phishing and identity theft.

NOKIA PROMOTIONS HEADQUARTERS MALAYSIA

182 Empire Tower Jalan Tun Razak Kuala Lumpur

MALAYSIA
 
Dear Winner.
 
Good to hear from you regarding this year NOKIA ASIA MOBILE  I am 
Dr. Philip Hampton
, the cash officer assigned to all winner’s of Nokia Mobile Promotion and I wish to congratulate you to have emerged as one of our lucky winners for the Promotion
 
We happily announce to you the result of the Nokia ASIA Mobile Lottery draws held  in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. from which All participants were selected randomly from a World Wide Web site through  computer draws system and extracted from over 10,000.00 Email companies and personal Mobile numbers from which your email address was one of the lucky emails in this year Nokia ASIA Xmas mobile promo. Your Email address attached to ticket number: B9564 7560 with serial number 046560 drew the winning numbers 
 
You are therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 500,000,00.00  (FIVE  HUNDRED  THOUSAND USA DOLLARS) in cash credited to file EAAL/90801100008308/10.
  
To begin the verification process of your prize, you are required to fill and send the claims form below in the drafted Application Text in bold and be advice to keep all winnings confidential during the processing of your claims.
  
 
FILL THE FORM AND SEND IT BACK IMMEDIATELY

  

 

First name…………………………………Lastname………………………………………………

Date of birth (yyyy-mm-dd)………………………………………………………………………….
Gender:…………………………………………………………………………………
Occupation:………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Address………………………………………………………………………………………………………

 

Country:……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

 


 
Winning Email Address:………………………………………………………………………………

 

  
Attach copy of your Identification Document or Passport.

DECLARATION


I ____________________________________hereby confirm that all the information given above and attached copies of Identification is to the best of my Knowledge and is true and correct. Any tempering or falsification of the above data render this claim invalid and void.

 ______________________
               date.

 

Yours truly,
 

Philip Hampton
 
     Dr. Philip Hampton

NOKIA MOBILE PROMO OFFICER
Tel: +60164002694
 
Nokia 
 
Copyright 2008 NOKIA All rights reserved

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This email and its attachments are confidential and intended for the exclusive use of the addressee(s). This email and its attachments may also be privileged or protected by legal rules. If you have received this by mistake please let us know by reply immediately and destroy the email and its attachments without reading, copying or forwarding the contents….

Protect yourself and be wary about emails like this.

I immediately deleted it on my email but decided to share it here to warn any of you who might be persuade to  try it.

Remember there are miles to go and in our era this is a never ending battle, in which some will be exploited.

Always try search engines like google and yahoo, you might need about scams  which constantly help people with the latest update and information.

SHOULD I RESPOND TO A SPAM EMAIL?

This is a follow-up for the one I previously posted.

After a careful thinking it over I finally summed up my feelings as like these :

 Should I respond to this email? No

There are two good reasons for not responding at all. Deleting the mail is the best thing to do with it.

1.If I do answer, I am telling the scammer that the email address( mine) is active. That isn’t something I want to do because…

2.If I answer, I am asking to be put on the scammer’s mailing lists. Scammers sell or trade lists of email addressess with each other, as soon as I reply, I am going to get more scam mails. I won’t get off their list very easily. Even if the scammer doesn’t give or sell my email address to other scammers, the scammer probably has other “modalities, or characters, who will start emailing me with a variety of other email scams.

In short, I delete it. I don’t ever bother telling them that I know they are a scammer. I resist the temptation.

Once in a while I get spam mail. No one seems to be able to avoid it. Getting an email from someone I don’t know isn’t that unusual. If I try to delete every such mail, I am I guess not going to have to worry about a scam.

One thing that made me more suspicious is the free email servers used to send me the email.

A legitimate business company, a bank, or a government agency will never use free email servers, no matter what. That is because a legitimate company has a registered “domain”, and  usually you will see if it is an organization it uses “org” – a government agency will often have something like “gov” followed by the 2 letter national code such as  .”us” or .”uk” etc.

If it looks like business and it has a free email server, it’s a scam. My best bet. Delete it.

 

DID YOU GET A SPAM MAIL LIKE MINE TODAY?

What a good morning to wake up today- Saturday…my best day -time to just relax and do light chores after a full week work from school.
 
When I decided to checked my yahoo and msn emails…look what I’ve got.
 I decided to copy and paste it below.
 
 
You Have Won 470,000 Euros‏
From: Euro Milliones Promotion Center. (euromilliones@hosmanes.es)
Sent: September 26, 2009 9:52:35 AM
To:  
Attn Web/Internet user!!!

This is to notify you that your email address was entered during the annual Euro Milliones Lottery
selection Draw and have won the sum of 470,000 euros.

Contact below claim officer on e-mail for immediate process of your claim; Remember to quote
these numbers below for verification by the company.

REF: ESP/WIN/008/02/10/MA
BATCH: EURO/1007/444/606/09

You should include Your Name, Address, Age, Occupation, Nationality and
Phone numbers.

Mr. ANTONIO GUZMAN (Claim Officer)
E-mail: sicclaimdept@luckymail.com
Tel: 0034634151884

Best regards,
Dr. Maria Jose Muyor.
Euro Milliones Lottery

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