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Issue 97 - September 2009 - Page 10

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Fake Happy Burger Day Red Robin Coupon
  2. ANZ Invalid Login Attempts Phishing Scam
  3. Mexican Largest Flower in the World Photo - Blooms Once Every Forty Years
  4. Mailbox Deactivated Trojan Email
  5. The Obama Phone - Free Cell Phones for Welfare Recipients
  6. Sachin Tendulkar And The Shell Shaped House
  7. First Communion on the Moon
  8. The Uno - Ben Gulak's Innovative Electric Motorbike
  9. Most Colourful River In The World Photographs
  10. Hyundai Chairman Charity Donation Scam
  11. Stopped The Train - Burning Train Bridge at Sharon Springs
  12. MSN 18 Contacts Hoax
  13. Facebook Password Reset Confirmation Trojan Email
  14. Microsoft Email Beta Test Hoax Continues
  15. Let's Say Thanks Website - Send a Card to a Soldier

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Hyundai Chairman Charity Donation Scam

Summary:
Email claims that the recipient has been awarded 2 million dollars as part of a donation pledge given by Hyundai Chairman Chung Mong-koo as a condition of his conviction for embezzlement (Full commentary below).



Status:
Advance fee scam designed to steal money and information

Example:(Submitted, November 2009)
Subject: Hyundai Group Promotion 2009

Hyundai Group,
United Kingdom.

Dear Sir/Madam,

This is to notify you that you have been chosen By the seven-member committee to fulfill Chairman Chung Mong-koo's promise to donate One trillion won (US$1.1 billion) to charity, contingent to a suspension early this month of his three-year prison sentence for embezzlement and breach of trust.The ruling meant that the 69-year-old chairman will not be thrown back into jail as long as he remains clean during the next five years.. In suspending the prison sentence, the Seoul High Court ordered Chung to fulfill the pledge of donations.Chung, want this money used for the protection of the environment and to build art and cultural facilities..

click below for further information.
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5iZmiE9o-PiIb9s4nS4hsQKfo2F_A
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/business/2007/09/17/55/0502000000AEN20070917003500320F.HTML

As one of the final recipients of this Cash Grant/Donation for your own personal,education and business development. The Hyundai Company is the world's largest shipbuilder and 6th largest automaker and owns Hyundai Group,the parent company for all Hyundai Motor. The company has decided to randomly select email addresses that would benefit from this donation.Based on the random selection exercise of internet service providers(ISP) and millions of Super market cash invoices worldwide, you were selected among the lucky recipients to receive the award sum of US$2,000,000.00 (Two Million United States Dollars) as charity donations/aid from Hyundai Group.

You are required to expeditiously Contact the head of committee (HOC) below for qualification documentation and processing of your claims,from Monday through Sunday. On contact with head of committee (HOC),You'll be given your payment pin number which you will use in collecting the funds.Please endeavor to quote your pin number QN(HM-145-5611) in all discussions.
***********************************
Head of committee: Mrs. Teoh Zabedah
Email: [Removed]

*********************************

On behalf of the seven-member committee kindly accept our warmest congratulations
Yours Sincerely,
Mr Ji-Qui
(Comittee President)




Commentary:
This email claims that the "lucky" recipient has been awarded the sum of $2,000,000.00 as part of a donations scheme organized by South Korean automaker Hyundai. According to the email, Hyundai chairman Chung Mong-koo was convicted of embezzlement and breach of trust but received a suspended jail sentence on the condition that he make good on a pledge to donate 1 billion dollars to charity. Supposedly, the recipient has been chosen to receive a portion of this charity fund via the random selection of his or her email address. The recipient is instructed to contact the "head of committee" to initiate processing of the award

However, the message is not from Hyundai and the recipient has not been awarded any money. In fact, the message is part of a scheme designed to trick victims into sending money to Internet criminals. The promised two million dollars is simply the bait used to entice victims into contacting the scammers. Those who contact the bogus "head of committee" as instructed will sooner or later be asked to send money, ostensibly to cover fictitious fees or charges supposedly connected to the award. The scammers will claim that the fees must be payed in advance in order to facilitate release of the award money. They will insist that the required fees cannot be deducted from the award money itself. During the course of the scam, the victim may also be tricked into providing a large amount of private information that might subsequently be used by criminals to steal his or her identity.

In order to make their bogus schemes sound more believable, scammers often use real events, situations companies or people as a basis for their claims. In this scam, they have built their lies on a real situation pertaining to Hyundai chairman Chung Mong-koo. In 2007, Chung Mong-koo was indeed convicted of embezzling more than $100 million from Hyundai and received a three year sentence. However, in a controversial move, the sentence was suspended because it was considered that Chung Mong-koo was too important to the Korean economy and the future of Hyundai. He was instead ordered to fulfill a promise he made in 2006 to donate $1.1 billion of his personal assets to society. He was also ordered to perform community service. Reports indicate that Mong-koo intended to donate funds to build a concert hall and other cultural centers in Korea.

The scammers have included links to news articles about the Chung Mong-koo court case in an attempt to add credence to their claims. What ever Chung Mong-koo ultimately uses his donated funds for, you can rest assured that he will not be sending millions of dollars to overseas strangers based on the random selection of email addresses. Such claims are simply absurd.

There are thousands of variations of advance fee scams like this one. Many claim that the recipient has won a large sum of money because their email address was randomly selected from a pool collected on the Internet. Others claim that the recipient has been awarded a grant from a well-known organization such as the Catholic Church. Internet users should be very cautious of any unsolicited email that claims that they have been awarded money from a charity fund, won a lottery that they have never even entered or been approved for a grant that they never applied for. Any such claims should be treated with the utmost suspicion.

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References:
Hyundai chairman's prison term suspended
Hyundai Motor forms committee to fulfill chairman's donation pledge
Email Lottery Scams - International Lottery Scam Information
Catholic Church Cash Grant Scam Email

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Issue 97 Start Menu

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Fake Happy Burger Day Red Robin Coupon
  2. ANZ Invalid Login Attempts Phishing Scam
  3. Mexican Largest Flower in the World Photo - Blooms Once Every Forty Years
  4. Mailbox Deactivated Trojan Email
  5. The Obama Phone - Free Cell Phones for Welfare Recipients
  6. Sachin Tendulkar And The Shell Shaped House
  7. First Communion on the Moon
  8. The Uno - Ben Gulak's Innovative Electric Motorbike
  9. Most Colourful River In The World Photographs
  10. Hyundai Chairman Charity Donation Scam
  11. Stopped The Train - Burning Train Bridge at Sharon Springs
  12. MSN 18 Contacts Hoax
  13. Facebook Password Reset Confirmation Trojan Email
  14. Microsoft Email Beta Test Hoax Continues
  15. Let's Say Thanks Website - Send a Card to a Soldier