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Issue 111 - February 2011 - Page 15

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. 2011 Date Oddity - Birth Year Plus Age Equals 111
  2. False Rumour - US Post Office To Destroy African American Stamps
  3. Bigpond Database Upgrade Phishing Scam
  4. Hoax - Facebook Shutting Down on March 15
  5. Protest Message About Bedfordshire Police Rules Regarding Muslims
  6. Coca Cola Survey Phishing Scam
  7. Hoax Reports Claim Three Giant Spaceships Heading for Earth
  8. ATO Activity Statement Refund Phishing Scam
  9. 'My First St@tus' Rogue Facebook Application
  10. Facebook Deleting Inactive Users Hoax
  11. Hoax Warning - Anthrax in Tide Detergent Packs
  12. Hoax - University of Kentucky Removes Holocaust From Curriculum
  13. Facebook Trojan Email - 'Your Password is Changed'
  14. DNA Test Kit Scam Warning
  15. Phone Text Message Lottery Scams
  16. Question About eBay Item Phishing Scam
  17. Knob Face Trojan Worm Warning Message
  18. 'See Everyone Who Views Your Pr@file' Rogue Facebook Application
  19. McDonald's Survey Phishing Scam Email
  20. Parrot Flower Photographs
  21. AAAAAAA@AAA.AAA - First Address Book Entry Virus Control Hoax
  22. Evan Trembley Missing Child Hoax

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Phone Text Message Lottery Scams

Outline
Phone text (SMS) messages claim that the recipient has won a substantial sum of money in an online lottery or promotion.



Brief Analysis
There is no prize and the lottery or promotion mentioned in the messages does not exist. The messages are lures used to entice recipients into replying to scammers and sending them money and personal information.

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Last updated: 10th January 2011
First published: 10th January 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example
CONGRAT!! YOUR MOBILE NUMBER HAS WON FOR YOU $2,000,000 USD IN THE FREE LOTTO MOBILE PROMO. FOR CLAIM, SEND EMAIL: ************@live.com & CALL: [Number removed]

CONGRATULATION
your mobile number has won 500000 pounds in the ongoing NOKIA UK MOBILE PROMO for claims call [Removed] E-mail [Removed]



Detailed Analysis
Recent submissions suggest that advance fee scammers are increasingly using phone text (SMS) messages as a means of gaining new victims. These unsolicited text messages claim that the recipient's mobile phone number has been selected as the winning entry in a lottery or promotion. The texts claim that the "lucky" recipient has therefore won a substantial sum of money or, in some versions, a valuable prize such as a car. To claim their prize, recipients are instructed to call or email via contact details included in the message.

In reality, the lotteries or promotions mentioned in the text messages do not exist. There is no prize. The promised prize is simply the bait used to entice recipients in to contacting the criminals responsible for the scam. Those who fall for the ruse and make contact as instructed will soon be asked to send money, ostensibly in order to allow the release and transfer of the supposed prize. The scammers will claim that this money is required to cover expenses such as tax, legal, insurance or banking fees. They will insist that these fees cannot be deducted from the prize itself. If a victim complies and sends the first fee requested, the scammers will invent other "expenses" that must be paid in advance before the prize can be handed over. Requests for money are likely to continue until the victim belatedly realizes that he or she is being conned or, in some sad cases, simply runs out of money to send. During the course of the scam, the victim may also inadvertently hand over a substantial amount of personal and financial information, supposedly as a means of proving identity and allowing transfer of the "prize money". The scammers may subsequently use this information to steal their victim's identity.

Advance fee lottery scams are certainly not new. Like other types of advance fee scam, they have been around for many years. Advance fee scammers use a variety of methods to reach potential victims, including email, surface mail, fax, social networking and, as in the versions discussed here, SMS. The scammers often claim that the prize or promotion is connected to a high-profile company such as Nokia or Microsoft. The scammers use the names, and, sometimes, the logos and trademarks of such companies without permission as a means of making their claims seem more legitimate. In other cases, the scammers may claim that their scam message is from a real lottery entity such as the UK's National Lottery. Again the scammers use the names and details of these lottery entities without their permission or knowledge.

People need to be very cautious of any unsolicited message that claims that they have won money or a prize in some form of lottery or promotion that they have never even entered. Be wary of any message in any format that claims that your name, phone number or email address has been randomly selected as the winner of a substantial prize. Genuine lotteries do not operate in this manner. If you receive such a scam message, do not reply or respond to the scammers in any way.

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SMS Advance Fee Prize Scam
Lottery scams now targeting you by SMS
Email Lottery Scams - International Lottery Scam Information
Microsoft World Lottery Scam
UK National Lottery Scams



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Issue 111 Start Menu

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. 2011 Date Oddity - Birth Year Plus Age Equals 111
  2. False Rumour - US Post Office To Destroy African American Stamps
  3. Bigpond Database Upgrade Phishing Scam
  4. Hoax - Facebook Shutting Down on March 15
  5. Protest Message About Bedfordshire Police Rules Regarding Muslims
  6. Coca Cola Survey Phishing Scam
  7. Hoax Reports Claim Three Giant Spaceships Heading for Earth
  8. ATO Activity Statement Refund Phishing Scam
  9. 'My First St@tus' Rogue Facebook Application
  10. Facebook Deleting Inactive Users Hoax
  11. Hoax Warning - Anthrax in Tide Detergent Packs
  12. Hoax - University of Kentucky Removes Holocaust From Curriculum
  13. Facebook Trojan Email - 'Your Password is Changed'
  14. DNA Test Kit Scam Warning
  15. Phone Text Message Lottery Scams
  16. Question About eBay Item Phishing Scam
  17. Knob Face Trojan Worm Warning Message
  18. 'See Everyone Who Views Your Pr@file' Rogue Facebook Application
  19. McDonald's Survey Phishing Scam Email
  20. Parrot Flower Photographs
  21. AAAAAAA@AAA.AAA - First Address Book Entry Virus Control Hoax
  22. Evan Trembley Missing Child Hoax