I’ve just received another email which is obviously a phishing attempt. Their reason for existence is to garner information from the recipient which is then used against them. Their obvious ‘fishing’ attempt is so they can use this information to rip off their victims at a later date, and if they get enough information off them they may even have an attempt at identity theft.
In their attempt at getting this information they will use the name of a reputable company to legitimize the email, in this case it was Lexus. Heck they’ve even used Microsoft as a partner in gaining my email ID which they pulled out of some fictitious hat or something in order for me to win the prize.
Naturally the prize is pretty big as they want to wet my appetite so that I will give them the information they require to rip me off. Here is a copy of the email.
lexus Motor Company Lottery Promotion
japan/china Lottery Promotion
lexus House,N60 Raffles Place,
Beijing,China (ASIA DISTRICT).
Our Reference: lux 2010/19513-10.
Our Batch: 24/00319/lux
Dear Lucky Winner,
This is to inform you that your email ID have won you a prize money of USD$300,000.00(three Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)for this Year Lottery promotion which is organized by lexus Motor Company,Your Email-ID was selected by the Microsoft Corporation which Always Supplied lesux Company With Fifty Thousand Email Addresses Of Active Internet Users Yearly, And Your Email Address Was Submitted as one Of the Active Internet Users For the Year 2010.After Email Address are Been Submitted to us for the Random Selection By Microsoft Corporation,we only select five people as our winners,through electronic balloting System without the winner applying.
These are your identification numbers:
Winning number: lux/09788/60
VERIFICATION AND FUNDS RELEASE FORM
4.Date Of Birth:……
To file for your claim, please fill and submit your verification form to our fiduciary manager immediately via email.
Contact Person: Dr Jimmy Leo.
Congratulation Once More And Please Do Not Forget to help the poor in the society when lexus Company makes you a Beneficiary.
Promotion Online Announcer,
lexus Motor Company,
There are obviously more than one person using this email to scam people as I’ve received more than one email. This alone should trigger alarm bells but apparently it doesn’t. If you received this pile of bullshit in your inbox do yourself a favor and delete it. Don’t even reply to it as this will simply legitimize your email address opening yourself up to more of this crap.