Summary: Email, purporting to be from McDonald's, claims that recipients can get a $50 bonus for filling in a "quick 7 question survey" (Full commentary below).
Status:False - Email is a phishing scam designed to steal financial information
Example:(Submitted, February 2009)
Subject: Receive $50 Bonus To Participate In Our Customer Satisfaction Survey
Dear McDonald's Customer,
We are planning big changes for 2009 at McDonalds AU chain of restaurants and because your oppinion is very important to us, we invite you to take a short Customer Satisfaction Survey that will help us improve the quality of our food and services.
We know your time is valuable, so we will give you a $50 bonus just for taking our quick 7 question survey. The entire process will take no more than 5 minutes.
Take the survey (link to bogus website removed)
You can participate in this survey only once.
According to this email, the recipient will be rewarded with a $50 bonus from McDonald's Australia just for filling out a very short and simple "Customer Satisfaction Survey". The message instructs recipients to click a link included in the email to participate in the survey.
However, the email is not from McDonald's and the survey and the promised $50 bonus are entirely bogus. The "survey" is a ruse designed to fool victims into submitting their credit card details to Internet criminals. Those who click the link in the message will be taken to a web page that contains a seven question check-box survey about McDonald's food and service. The page includes official looking McDonald's logos designed to make the bogus survey seem more legitimate. Once the survey is complete, the participant is instructed to click a button, supposedly to claim the $50 bonus. Clicking the button opens a second web page that asks for name and credit card details, supposedly to allow the $50 bonus to be added to the survey taker's card account. Once submitted, these details can be collected by the criminals operating the scam and used for credit card fraud.
This particular version targets Australian recipients. Other very similar versions have targeted Internet users in the US and UK. Scammers also use other well-known institutions in variations of the same bogus survey scheme, including Walmart, Citibank and even the IRS.