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Won a Coca-Cola Prize ?!

Your e-mail has won half a million pounds? No, it's a scam! Don't be fooled. We've all received these spam messages.


Here's a message pretending to be from the Coca-Cola company. It says that my e-mail address has won £500,000. I know this is a lie, and I can see it's not from Coca-Cola. The first thing is, there's no such thing as a lottery where e-mail addresses are chosen at random.

Another thing is, the message says "Coca-Cola GB" and yet seems to have sender addresses within the government of Brazil. Presumably the servers have been hacked.

Additionally, the phone numbers are +44 70 ... which are typical of faked-up numbers pretending to be the UK when in fact they redirect to anywhere.

There are also mistakes in the message.

Anyway, here's the message (but the phone numbers have been removed to avoid problems in case anyone's silly enough to phone them!)...

From - Wed Apr 20 05:48:14 2011
X-Account-Key: account2
X-UIDL: UID4928-1301168918
X-Mozilla-Status: 0001
X-Mozilla-Status2: 00000000
X-Mozilla-Keys:

Return-path: awards@itaudeminas.mg.gov.br
Envelope-to: ZYRA
Delivery-date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 15:13:55 -0700
Received: from pegasus.rdnoc.com.br ([201.48.210.2])
by server.vivostar.net with esmtp (Exim 4.69)
(envelope-from <awards@itaudeminas.mg.gov.br>)
id 1QCJBD-0002sJ-13
for ZYRA; Tue, 19 Apr 2011 15:13:55 -0700
Received: (qmail 77628 invoked from network); 19 Apr 2011 19:13:52 -0300
Received: by simscan 1.4.0 ppid: 77147, pid: 77620, t: 2.0650s
scanners: clamav: 0.96/m:52/d:10754
Received: from unknown (HELO User)
(controladoria@itaudeminas.mg.gov.br@24.100.80.238)
by pegasus.rdnoc.com.br with ESMTPA; 19 Apr 2011 19:13:50 -0300
Reply-To: ccolagbdept@e-mail.cz
From: "COCACOLA GB AWARDS"awards@itaudeminas.mg.gov.br
Subject: Cocacola GB(Congratulations Your Email Selected)
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 23:13:48 +0100
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/html;
charset="Windows-1251"
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
X-Priority: 3
X-MSMail-Priority: Normal
X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2600.0000
X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V6.00.2600.0000

Coca cola GB ® /International® Award Promotion
Southwark London Centre Branch,
Central London, SE1 0BL England
COCACOLA OFFICE, UNITED KINGDOM
CUSTOMER SERVICE

Attn:Winner
Winning No:Cola*454*344*2011
Email Ref No:Cola*322*752*2011
Notification Date:19/04/2011
AMOUNT WON: 500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Great Britain Pounds).

This email address has brought you an unexpected luck,Your e-mail address was selected and confirmed by our co-sponsor Bank Of England, through their latest internet software. You are therefore been approved by Coca cola ® /International® Award Promotion UK the sum of 500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Great Britain Pounds).

CONTACT CLAIMS ADMINISTRATOR
NAME: Dennis Barrios
Email: ccolaclaimsdept@hotmail.co.uk
Phone #: +44 702 XXX XXXX
Phone #: +44 702 XXX XXXX
Phone #: +44 701 XXX XXXX
Fax      #: +44 701 XXX XXXX
Coca cola ® /International® Award Promotion Department

Do email the above Claims Administrator, at once with all the claims requirements below. To avoid unnecessary delay. They are needed to proceed.
Claims Requirements:
1. Full Name:___________________________
2. Address:_____________________________
3. Nationality:___________Sex:____________
4. Age:_________________________________
5. Occupation:_________Martial Status______
6. Phone Number:_________________________
7. Country:_______________________________
8. Your comments about Cocacola:_____________

Contact the Claims Administrator with all your claims requirements well filled.Congratulations once more.

Sincerely,
Secretary,
Mrs. Andre Watson
Coca cola ® /International® Award Promotion(UK)

The thing that gives this away as a 419 Advance Fee Fraud is the inquisitive personal questions. Why would someone giving away a prize not know these things?!

What typically happens with this sort of thing is that if someone is gullible enough to be fooled by it, the communication gets rather involved and ends up with the person being told to pay advance fees to the operators of the scam for "incidental expenses". Also, the victim's personal details can lead to identity theft

Of course, Coca-Cola did not send the message and these scam messages are nothing to do with Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola do not give away prizes to randomly chosen e-mail addresses, and neither does anyone else! See UK Lottery scam e-mail