Several different emails that falsely claim that the recipient of the email has been randomly selected for a cash prize from The Coca‑Cola Company or Coca‑Cola Hellenic are now in circulation.
Subject lines for the emails have ranged from "The Coca‑Cola Award Notification" to"The Coca‑Cola Promo Winning Notification" or other similar headings. The emailsinclude formal language that makes them look "official," and are sometimes designedto look legitimate by including images or photographs, a "secret pin code" orreference/ticket number and contact information for a Coca‑Cola representative.The Coca‑Cola Company or Coca‑Cola Hellenic is in no way associated with theseemails or programmes.
This appears to be a form of fraud known as "phishing," where scam artists attemptto develop relationships with victims in order to obtain personal and financialinformation. Common signs that a message may be a part of an email scam or"phishing" campaign include:
- Spelling and grammatical errors in the email.
- Improper use of company trademarks.
- Sender's use of free, non-corporate email accounts (such as Yahoo!, AOL and Hotmail).
- Requests for personal information and the promise of quick financial gain.
What to do?
- Do not reply to these emails with any information.
- If you have already responded to this type of email, it's recommend thatyou immediately discontinue all communications with the source of theemail and contact your local and/or federal authorities for advice on howto proceed to protect your personal information and privacy.