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Spam Alert: Publishers Clearing House

Updated on October 18, 2010

Spam Alert: Publishers Clearing House

Spam Alert

A new email threat has begun circulating.


Please carefully read the following information. Electronic mail such as this are a weakly disguised attempt to exploit computer users. If enough emails of this type are mailed out, the spammer will usually receive a few responses. It is a 'numbers game' : large volumes of spam are sent out every day in the hope of fooling just a few folks. Don't get taken in.

Subject: Publishers Clearing House

Text: GOOD DAY WE ARE FROM THE PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE AND THIS EMAIL IS TO INFORM Y OU THAT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS HAS JUST WON YOU ($1,000,000.00 USD)IN THIS WEEKS PCH LOTTO WINNER CONTACT OUR ONLINE OFFICER WITH DETAILS FOR CLAIMS 1.Full Name:
2.Full Address:
3.Marital Status:
4.Occupation:
5.Age/Sex:
6.Nationality:
7.Country Of Residence:
8.Telephone Number:

Origin: IP Address 195.159.61.157, Oslo, Norway

Threat Level: Email harvesting for potential identify theft and additional spam generation.

Attachment: None

Exposure: Responding to the email will give up 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: While Publisher's Clearing House legitimately gives away millions of US dollars, they wouldn't use this technique. PCH knows the name of their winners. This email contains no names. The 'reply to' address, pchofficialsonline@qatar.io, is a Microsoft Live address, which is a service that belongs to Microsoft, but HotMail addresses are free to anyone who wants to create one or two or a thousand. A legitimate Publishers Clearing House contact address would use the PCH.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 anyone.

 Note that the message contains typographical errors. PCH would not send out a message that looks like it was composed by a 12 year-old.

Strategy:

  • Delete the email.
  • Do not answer it. 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. You will be added to more mailing lists.
  • Never open attachments from untrusted senders.
  • Never forward any attachments from untrusted senders.

Spam Alert: Publisher's Clearing House
Spam Alert: Publisher's Clearing House

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    • Tom Whitworth profile image

      Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Nicomp,

      Good advice I play PCH awards and PCH.Lotto every day. You can go directly to their sites and no email is involved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Great advice. Sadly, you have enough material on scams to keep you in business for decades.

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      maris5507 6 years ago

      very good advice, godd lookin out!

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