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Spam Alert: PEUGEOT AUTOMOBILES LOTTERY

Updated on August 10, 2010

Spam Alert: PEUGEOT AUTOMOBILES LOTTERY

Spam Alert

A new email threat has begun circulating.


Please CAREFULLY read the following important information. Messages such as this are a weakly disguised attempt to take advantage of naive computer users. When sufficient emails of this type are distributed, the spammer will usually receive a some responses. It's called a 'numbers game' : large numbers of spam are sent out every day with the intention fooling just a few folks. Don't get fooled.

Subject: PEUGEOT AUTOMOBILES LOTTERY

Text: PEUGEOT AUTOMOBILES LOTTERY
Peugeot Auto-mobiles headquaters, 19 Ul, Essex , PE9 2YP , London United Kingdom.

PEUGEOT ONLINE CAR /CASH AWARD PRIZE NOTIFICATION.

Dear Winner,

This is to inform you that you have been selected for a cash prize of £300,000.00 (Three hundred Great British pounds) and a brand new Peugeot 407 Car,in this year PEUGEOT LOTTERY PROGRAMME.

Contact her with your secret pin code PGA00111234 and your reference number PGA: 12058006/06.
You are also advised to provide him with the under listed information as soon as possible: Name,Address, Country,Age, Sex,occupation,Next Of Kin,Phone, Fax.


Mrs Lizzy Paul,
Peugeot Auto-mobiles headquaters, 19 Ul, Essex , PE9 2YP , London United Kingdom.

E-mail:customercarepeugeot@9.cn


With Best Regards
Mr. David levuly
Lottery Manager.



__________ Information from ESET Mail Security, version of virus signature database 5303 (20100722) __________

The message was checked by ESET Mail Security.
http://www.eset.com

Origin: IP Address 41.204.221.12, Nigeria

Threat Level: Email harvesting for possible identify theft and subsequent spam generation.

Attachment: None

Exposure: Responding to the email will provide your contact information to the spammer, which may or may not be legitimate. Responding to the email address included in the text of the message will reveal your email address to the recipient.

Pragmatism: Puegeot is a legitimate automobile company and probably gives away vehicles periodically, they wouldn't use this technique. The contact address, customercarepeugeot@9.cn, is a domain that does not exist (9.cn). A legitimate Puegot contact address would use the Puegeot.com domain. If you did win the money, you would expect the email to know a little more about you, such as your name. The text of the message is too general to be legitimate; it could apply to any recipient. Note that "headquaters" is misspelled several times.

Strategy:

  • Erase the email.
  • Do not respond to this type of email. Never give out your contact information, social security number, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, or any other personal information to an untrusted web site or email sender. Simply responding to the message confirms to the recipient that you actually exist.
  • Never open any attachments from untrusted senders.
  • Never forward attachments from untrusted senders.

Spam Alert: PEUGEOT AUTOMOBILES LOTTERY
Spam Alert: PEUGEOT AUTOMOBILES LOTTERY

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    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 

      7 years ago

      Are you sure I didn't win a car? I'm so bummed.

    • Robwrite profile image

      Rob 

      7 years ago from Oviedo, FL

      These guys put so much time and effort into these scams. If they focused all that intensity on a real job, they'd probably become vice president of the company in no time.

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