Advance Fee Scam - 'Coca-Cola Anniversary Promo'
Email purporting to be from Coca-Cola claims that your email address has been chosen as the winner of $1million in the 'Coca-Cola Anniversary Promo'.
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The email is not from Coca Cola. There is no prize. It is an advance fee scam designed to trick you into sending money and personal information to cybercriminals.
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Subject: You've Won $1million In The Coca-Cola™ 128th Anniversary Promo
Your email have been randomly picked by a Coca-Cola™ powered email newsletter software operated by legally registered United States freelance tech experts to receive a Coca-Cola™ rewards prize of $1million in the ongoing Coca-Cola™ 128th anniversary celebrations promo.
For claims, please submit Name, Age, Tel/Phone, & Address.
Thanks for your cooperation.
Coca-Cola™ Offers & Promotions
To celebrate 125 years of sharing happiness since the first Coca-Cola was enjoyed on May 8, 1886, The Coca-Cola Company is thanking everyone who has made refreshing the world since then possible with innovative, cultural events and exclusive collaborations throughout the year and around the globe.
Email Claims You Have Won $1million in the 'Coca-Cola Anniversary Promo'
According to this email, which claims to be from Coca-Cola, you have won $1million in the 'Coca-Cola Anniversary Promo'. The message claims that your email address was randomly selected as the winner by a 'Coca-Cola powered email newsletter software operated by legally registered United States freelance tech experts'.
You are instructed to submit your name, age, and contact details by replying to the email.
Email is an Advance Fee Scam
But, alas, you are not an instant millionaire after all. The email is not from Coca Cola and you have not won any prize.
The message is a typical advance fee scam. If you reply with your details as requested, you will soon be asked to send various fees, ostensibly to cover costs such as insurance, taxation, banking, and legal costs.
The scammers will insist that the requested fees must be sent in advance and cannot be deducted from the prize itself. If you do send money, you will likely receive requests for even more imaginary fees. The fee requests may continue until your run out if money or realize that you are being scammed.
Of course, the scammers will pocket all the money you send and it is very unlikely that you will ever get any of it back.
Moreover, as the scam plays out, you may be asked to supply a large amount of your personal and financial information. This information may be then used to steal your identity.
Advance fee lottery scams like this are very common and continue to find new victims every day. To make their claims more legitimate, the criminals often use the names and logos of high profile companies such as Coca Cola
Be wary of any message that claims you have won a large sum of money via the random selection of your email address.
Last updated: January 20, 2015
First published: January 20, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen