Rajiv

Are you being duped?

In Anecdotes, Banking, Business, rants on March 10, 2011 at 10:31 pm

I open my mail and here it is. A whooping cash of Rs 3.5 Million waiting for me. And I was the one of the few selected from entire India,for this much cash prize.

The mail sent to me read like this…

An Official Invitation has been issued in your name. It confirms that you are amongst those selected from the whole of India, who may activate an exclusive Sweepstakes entry opportunity. If you are drawn winner of our Super Grand Prize, you’d have sole claim to a cash amount worth  35,00,000.00.

You may be surprised to know that in all of India, less than 1% of the households have been selected to receive a fabulous offer from Reader’s Digest. While many of your neighbours will never be selected, you have already been fortunate enough to clear two of the three stages there are to becoming a winner in our Rupees 1 Crore Sweepstakes 2011!

Now it’s all up to you to make the most of your opportunity. Simply click here to access the private web site to activate your Sweepstakes entry opportunity.

~ Sweepstakes Director

P.S. When people receive a Sweepstakes invitation — like the one you now have — they often decide to discard it, thinking, no one ever really wins. And it is a fact that if you choose to ignore the chance to enter the Rupees 1 Crore Sweepstakes 2011, you will NEVER win ANYTHING in the Draw. Don’t let this guaranteed opportunity slip away, just click here to access the site and you could win
35,00,000.00. Act quickly!

Since I can’t handle this much money. I offer you the prize😉

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

 

no spam!

Image via Wikipedia

 

Now this mail was sent by a well known Job portal named as some famous magazine. Spamming my mailbox in the name of promotions!!! Outrageous, Intolerable!

 

Another Interesting Incident

Recently, I had experienced a spamming sequence which was unusual and the guy on the other side was persistently sending mails. My friend works in a well known bank. I had gone to his bank for some official work. While I had been there, He received a mail from an NRI customer, say Mr X. The mail said something Un-Interesting happened with Mr X. He said He had been to London for an official trip [he lives in London]. The hotel he was staying in was robbed, [mind it, hotel was robbed]. He lost his wallet, his documents and what all [he lives in london, why the hell ! he needed a hotel UNLESS…😉 ]. He said, he had 2-3 Fixed deposits in that branch [the name actually had FD]. He asked very politely, to send those money through Western Union or Money gram. [ the bank has discontinued the services of Western Union or money Gram].

Branch manager replied very politely that the services are not available. Manager also asked him to quote his account number. No sooner did he reply, he got reply to his mail.

The bugger had replied with an account number alien to the branch🙂 .

I casually asked the manager, Sir I think this is spam. He said, “Yes, I know. I’m just checking how far does he go?”😀

Finally the guy on the other side understood, here it would not be possible😀😀

Moral of the Story

Beware of Spams particularly with your financial transactions. Never ever divulge details of your account number, password, username, date of birth etc to anyone, either through mail or Phone.

Banks would never ask these stuffs on Phone or mail.

P.S.  Don’t click on any link in the mail

  1. uff the lengths ppl go to!

    theres another common scam going around here..u get a txt on yr mobile, send a string of numbers they specify to 828 and yr balance is sposed to get doubled. 828 is actually the balance transfer number thru which u can transfer some of yr balance to another prepaid mobile number on the same network…so instead of yr balance getting doubled, u end up losing 500 rupees worth of balance that gets transferred to some other number.

    sometimes their audacity amazes me….we have two landlines at home the numbers of which have only the last digit different – one ends in 0, the other ends in a 1. a guy called on one number saying u have won a prize and pls call me back on this number, giving me yr id card number, bank acc details blah blah blah. i told him to bugger off and put the phone down. wat do u know, the other phone rings and the guy starts off the same pitch….LOL.

  2. Gotta love those offers. And phishing emails. Ugh.

  3. Love these fraudsters….recently a man from hyderabad lost close to Rs20 lakhs.. he was an educated guy…falling prey..

    These internet scams are pretty normal..almost everyday thrs a mail from some Mr.Johnson or Mrs.Kimberly…and they send such cute mails🙂

    As u rightly said..best not to open such mails…n never click any links…esp if it’s something to do with banks n CC

  4. I think I’m good at spotting these too but they’re getting better, particularly the ones where they spoof a company webpage. Be most cautious.

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