Hoax, Not Cokes, Behind $150 'Survey' Invitation
Coca-Cola calls itself "The Real Thing." An e-mail campaign using Coke's name isn't.
A new phishing campaign is making its way around the Web, playing off Coca-Cola's My Coke Rewards, a sweepstakes program in which consumers can earn prizes for redeeming codes contained under cans of Coke products.
The phishing scam takes the form of a legitimate-looking e-mail from Coca-Cola Company, with the address firstname.lastname@example.org and the subject line Happy New Year.
The e-mail informs recipients that they have been chosen to participate in a survey, for which they will be given $150.
As with most cyberscams worth their salt (or soda), the poll can be reached only by clicking on a link. The link directs eager survey takers to a survey page that requests the user's name, address, credit card number, driver's license number, and even mother's maiden name.
If that seems a little excessive for a simple survey, it's because it absolutely is. All the information entered in the fake survey immediately becomes the cybercriminalsâ?? property.
As with all phishing scams that seem too good to be true, AppRiver warns users to never hand over sensitive information, especially banking details, to an untrusted source, no matter how enticing the offer.
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