We received this tip from Debbie, one of our fellow readers, over the weekend. It involves receiving an e-mail notification regarding winning an unknown prize from a service called eCourier. Debbie advised us that she went along with the scam right up until the point where they asked for money. It was at this point she realized something was not right. Good instincts Debbie!
Rule of thumb: Never accept a prize or winnings from an unknown source over e-mail. Never give out your personal information or banking information to an unknown party over e-mail or a website.
Let's take a look at the details of this scam in an effort to help everyone steer clear of this one:
1. You receive an e-mail from a courier service stating they have a prize/winnings for you and need additional information in order to deliver.
2. Once you confirm, they then follow-up with an email showing an scanned image of your actual package. This is a very clever twist on the scam, as it baits folks into thinking this is a real company informing them about a real prize.
3. Finally they send the final e-mail requesting you select a delivery method (at a high price!) or supply them with your banking information to transfer the winnings to you.
Here is the sample e-mail response they sent to Debbie:
Bonded draft of weight : ---------------------0.17kg
Total weight of parcel : -----------------------0.32kg
Color of Parcel : -----------------------------
that we do not operate on COD. Below are the mandatory delivery charges
that you required to pay to enable us deliver your parcel to you: Status Of Delivery Charges.(Please Choose Best Option For You).The
charges are a little high because of the insurance cover. we have
undertaken in case of loss,damage or theft of your highly sensitive
document.We assume all responsibilities in case of any eventualities,
also attached a scan copy of your parcel.
COURIER CHARGES FIRST OPTION
ONE DAY DELIVERY
COURIER CHARGES SECOND OPTION
THREE DAYS DELIVERY
COURIER CHARGES THIRD OPTION
FIVE DAYS DELIVERY
The cost of COT (commission of transfer) being charged by our
transferring bank, which is(i.e £ 1,200) of the cash being transferred
will be paid by you.
that your prize is protected by a hardcover insurance policy, which
makes it impossible to deduct any amount from the money before it has
been remitted to you.
means that the above charges cannot be deducted from the prize and
hence must be provided by you before your prize is transferred to you.
attach a scanned copy of either your driver's license, international
passport (photo page) or any other legally identification document.