No prizes in the ‘Intera Corporatie-lottery’
Think twice before you treat your entire family to an expensive dinner after you’ve been told that you are the lucky winner of the ‘Intera Corporatie-Loterij’.
You are one of many such “winners” who received an email informing them that they can claim a cash prize of 150,000 dollars after disclosing their personal details.
Ignore this email, crafted in poor Dutch by a certain Isabelle Chevalier. It may be very tempting to respond to this email, but it will only cost you money. This is a type of advance-fee fraud and the only winner of this lottery will be the scammer, if you pay the administrative fee or other charges to collect the prize of course.
No 1000 euro prize in іDEAL promotion
“Stimate Client” is the bizarre salutation that starts off an email supposedly from the Dutch national online payment system iDEAL. “We inform you that you have won 1000 EUR for the iDEAL promotion val,” it goes on. The fraudsters who have crafted this phishing email (the sender’s address is from Hong Kong) must have used a translation engine. “Reply to this email and we will confirm you with a copy of electrons.” Of course, you haven’t won anything and you shouldn’t even think of responding to this email.
Fake T-mobile reminder doing the rounds
Con artists are sending out a fake T-Mobile invoice to lure people to a mock website where they are asked to provide personal information. The email looks very credible, having the same typeface and colours of the telecom company.
The message mentions an overdue amount of € 52.50 for exceeding the data use limit. It also includes a warning from the scammers: The amount will be increased by extrajudicial costs amounting to € 113.95 if you fail to pay within the given period.” The subject line says ‘final reminder’ [‘Laatste herinnering’]
If you receive the email described here or a similar fraudulent message, please send it to us at email@example.com and then delete it. Failure to respond will have no implications for your bank account.
Visa Cards lottery won’t make you rich
Don’t be fooled when you are informed by email that you have won a major cash prize in the International Mega Jackpot lottery. The message, supposedly sent by ‘Visa USA’, carries the subject ‘Notification Of Payment By Visa-Card®’ and has an attachment titled ‘Visa Awards’. It informs you that you are the lucky winner of no less than $1,000,000. However, this is a typical case of lottery fraud.
In order to claim the prize you will be sent a special credit card with the one-million-dollar prize on it. You “can withdrawal the money from any ATM in your country.” The only thing you need to do is to provide a number of personal details so that the credit card can be processed. The email attachment lists the 2014 winners holding up posters of their ‘Visa Lottery prize’.
Even though the news may be extremely attractive, do not respond to such messages. The scammers will often ask you for some kind of payment in order to claim the prize. You will lose this money and you won’t get your prize either. Never part with your bank details; the scammers may empty your account.
Fraudsters fake Google lottery to get your personal details
Be on the look out for an e-mail claiming to come from Google and telling you that your e-mail address has won you a price in an online sweepstake. This e-mail is an example of lottery fraud and has not been sent to you by criminals, not Google. The e-mail comes with an attachment that explains how ‘the winner’ can clam the prize. Recipients are asked to provide their personal details to someone called Patricke Pichtte. Do not supply any information as the fraudsters may use it to commit identity fraud.
Microsoft’s name used in lottery scam
Have you received an email informing you are the lucky winner of a Microsoft lottery? The message was not sent by the software company, it’s the work of scammers trying to fleece you out of your money. The practice is known as lottery fraud.
The email has a file attachment asking for your personal particulars. Don’t disclose them.
Criminals may use this information to commit identity fraud.
Criminals often ask for an advance payment to cover what they variously describe as taxes, legal fees, bank fees, etc. They say they will pay out the winnings once that payment has been made. People who comply with this request lose their money and never see any kind of ‘prize’.