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Issue 100 - March 2010 - Page 16

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Costa Rica Turtle Egg Harvest Protest Email
  2. Gordon Lightfoot Death Hoax
  3. Automation Labs Facebook Privacy Warning Hoax
  4. Indian Department of Revenue Tax Refund Scam
  5. Maroochydore High School Answering Machine Message Hoax
  6. National Health Anti-Fraud Association Complaint Scam Email
  7. Boy Shot By Step Dad Charity Hoax
  8. Facebook Gold Account Hoaxes
  9. Bank of America Software Upgrade Phishing Scam
  10. Immigration Quote Wrongly Attributed to Sir Edmund Barton
  11. False Rumours Claim That Facebook is About to Start Charging User
  12. Gordon Brown Smiling Virus Hoax
  13. Giant George - Huge Great Dane
  14. Craigslist Account Phishing Scam
  15. ATO Cut Off Taxes Program Phishing Scam Email
  16. Mercedes-Benz Test Questions Advance Fee Scam
  17. Check Out YouTube Request - Facebook Trojan Worm Warning

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Mercedes-Benz Test Questions Advance Fee Scam

Outline
Email claims that the recipient can be awarded the prize of a new Mercedes-Benz GL-Class GL550 along with three hundred thousand euros simply by replying with the answers to a very short and simply quiz .



Brief Analysis
There is no prize and the supposed promotion is in no way endorsed or supported by Mercedes-Benz. The promised chance to win a luxury car and cash is a ruse intended to trick recipients into sending money and personal information to Internet swindlers.

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Last updated: 23rd February 2010
First published: 23rd February 2010
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example:
Subject: MERCEDES-BENZ PROMOTION (TEST QUESTIONS)

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN


Dear Sir/Madam,In a bid to ease the living conditions of our fans/customers all over the world in this dark period of economic crunch. Where many companies are closing and families have lost their homes and means of livelihood.

Mercedes-Benz.de sends you this mail with the aim of giving you the opportunity of becoming a proud owner of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class GL550 and EUR 300,000:00 (Three Hundred Thousand Euros ) by being part of our online quiz competition.

If you have never had a Mercedes-Benz,this is your chance.Just answer the simple questions asked.

MERCEDES-BENZ TEST QUESTIONS

1, Which of these is manufactured by Mercedes-Benz? (A), X5 (B), SLR MCLAREN (C), Z4

2, Emil Jellinek named a special car made for him after the name of his 10 year old daughter, what was her name? (A), FIONA (B), BENZ (C), MERCEDES

3, Name two cars that Mercedes-Benz Manufactured. (A), X5 & E-CLASS (B), Z4 & K-CLASS (C), M-CLASS & C-CLASS

There are other Mercedes-Benz vehicle consolation prizes for candidates who may fall short.

Send your answers along with your name, sex, country and occupation to:
Mr. Wolfenstein Schultz
mercedes_b1@live.de

Yours Sincerely,and Good Luck,
Stratford Homes (Chief Monitoring Officer)
This Promotion is endorsed and licensed by
The Mercedes-Benz Company.
Material Copyrightę2009. All Rights Reserved
www.mercedes-benz.de




Detailed Analysis
This email, which purports to be part of a promotion endorsed and licensed by Mercedes-Benz, claims that the recipient has the chance to win a Mercedes-Benz 2009 GL-Class GL550 as well as a sizable cash prize of three hundred thousand euros. According to the message, the recipient can have the chance to win the car and cash by emailing the answers to some simple "Mercedes-Benz Test Questions" to an agent named Wolfenstein Schultz. The recipient is instructed to include his or her name, gender, country and occupation along with the quiz answers. The message would have us believe that Mercedes-Benz has very generously made such valuable prizes available in an attempt to "ease the living conditions of our fans/customers all over the world in this dark period of economic crunch".

However, the supposed promotion is certainly not "endorsed and licensed" by Mercedes-Benz. In fact, Mercedes-Benz has no involvement whatsoever. The promised prize does not exist. It is the bait used by cyber-criminals to entice recipients into following the instructions and contacting the agent with the "test answers" and personal details. The "promotion" is just one more variation of a very common scam in which scammers try to trick victims into sending them money and personal information.

Recipients who send the information requested in the scam email will soon receive a follow-up message informing them that they have submitted a correct entry to the questions and have actually won the Mercedes-Benz and euros. They will "win" regardless of whether their answers to the quiz questions are right or wrong. Soon after, the scammers will begin asking their victims to pay upfront fees, ostensibly to allow the release of their prize. Supposedly, these fees will be required to cover expenses such as insurance and registration payments, legal costs, and tax fees. The scammers will insist that such fees cannot under any circumstances be deducted from the cash prize. Of course, none of these supposed fees are genuine and any money sent will be kept by the criminals responsible for the scam.

As noted, the prize does not exist and victims are very unlikely to have any of the money they have sent returned to them. Moreover, as the scam progresses, victims may also be tricked into sending private personal and financial information to the scammers. This information might subsequently be used to steal the identity of victims.

Scammers often use the names of high profile companies such as Mercedes-Benz as a means of adding an illusion of credibility to their schemes. Of course, they use such names without the permission or knowledge of the companies named in the scam emails.

Internet users should be very cautious of any unsolicited emails that claim that they have won a large prize in a promotion that they have never even entered. No legitimate company is ever likely to run a promotion or prize draw in such a manner.

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References
Mercedes-Benz Prize Scam Email
Email Lottery Scams - International Lottery Scam Information

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Issue 100 Start Menu

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Costa Rica Turtle Egg Harvest Protest Email
  2. Gordon Lightfoot Death Hoax
  3. Automation Labs Facebook Privacy Warning Hoax
  4. Indian Department of Revenue Tax Refund Scam
  5. Maroochydore High School Answering Machine Message Hoax
  6. National Health Anti-Fraud Association Complaint Scam Email
  7. Boy Shot By Step Dad Charity Hoax
  8. Facebook Gold Account Hoaxes
  9. Bank of America Software Upgrade Phishing Scam
  10. Immigration Quote Wrongly Attributed to Sir Edmund Barton
  11. False Rumours Claim That Facebook is About to Start Charging User
  12. Gordon Brown Smiling Virus Hoax
  13. Giant George - Huge Great Dane
  14. Craigslist Account Phishing Scam
  15. ATO Cut Off Taxes Program Phishing Scam Email
  16. Mercedes-Benz Test Questions Advance Fee Scam
  17. Check Out YouTube Request - Facebook Trojan Worm Warning