What Is The Coca Cola Scam Trick?
I want to share with you the answer to What Is The Coca Cola Scam and (most importantly) how to know if it is real or not! I once personally received a startling text saying I had won 1.8 million Euros! LOL! I nearly fell for it. The ‘promotion‘ I am about to detail, is of course, not endorsed by Coca Cola, so, there is no point bemusing a member of their staff by asking “Where is my Lottery Winnings“.
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What Is The Coca Cola Scam – Full Details.
One of the latest of these scams is the Mobile Lottery Winnings Scam. The answer to What Is The Coca Cola Scam is basically this:- ANY PROMOTION NOT ENDORSED BY COCACOLA, BUT MASQUERADES AS SUCH, IS A SCAM!
Seems obvious, but we need to know of at least one well-known example that have graced our email inboxes, and smished our mobile phones, for complete understanding.
For a greater understanding on what is Smishing then please click >HERE< as I fully answered that question in another article.
Drum Roll Please…….
Coca Cola Mobile Promotion Award.
Quite recently, early 2017, there was a fake award, in this iconic companies name, asking for every scrap of personal data on you, before you could receive an award for something you did not even enter yourself. This promotion Mass Targeted Mobile Phones (commonly known as ‘Smishing‘) via Text Message.
It masquerades as The UK COCA COLA AWARD. Dr Alex Keane is the Online Coordinator.
In my personal case, they wanted me to send them 100 euros (if I recall correctly) as a processing fee. The Lottery I ‘won’ was some kind of Fake EU Football Competition I never even heard of. I Googled it and saved myself some money – so – I know how tempting and how professional looking these attacks are. Here is all the info they you to send them to release your prizes/winnings:-
- Full Name.
- Name of the Nearest Airport to you.
- What you do for a living.
- Copy of ID proof (a must!).
- Country Location.
- PIN CODE – to what, they don’t state.
- Your Mobile Number and other numbers you have.
- Full Contact Address.
SO! Now the Scammer is off to make the following forms of documents in your name:-
- Fake Passport in your name.
- Fake Birth Certificate of you.
- Drivers license would not go amiss 🙂 .
- Get as much credit as possible in your name.
- Culminating, in the cops trying to find ‘YOU‘ FOR INTERNATIONAL FRAUD!!
That is enough personal data to seriously disrupt your life and be targeted for online, and real world, scams for life!
What is the reasoning for entering you into this draw? Easy, CocaCola asked these guys, whom in this case is based in India, for YOUR number to run this draw….doesn’t even make any sense…..and this is how you won the draw. – OK!
You are promised 1 of 3 tempting fake gifts:-
- HP LAPTOP.
- APPLE IPHONE.
- (MY FAV) 50 RUBEE’S!
At the end of this ‘phishing‘ form (Verification Form) you will be informed a Certified Bank Demand (Signed check from bank employee’s) in your name, along with a certificate of your Prize Claims, as part of the parcel. All bogus!
It is not unusual for such fake promotions to ask for a processing fee to release your winnings as well.
OK! SO, how do we know we have just received a Fake Mobile Lottery Winnings Alert? Please see the signs you are dealing with a scam below:-
Signs of a Fake Mobile Lottery Fraud.
- Should you receive an unsolicited message via text, or email, that has gross-grammatical errors, just delete it. Do not even respond to it as scammers will try to extort money, for the money of millions in fake lottery winnings, or personal information.
- There is a minute difference between the name of the company and real brand name.
- Website is a variation of the real website name – very common.
- Appears to come from a financial institution you never heard of. In this case, Google them!
- Trade Marks are seen to be grossly distorted.
- Comes from a normal email account and not a business email account.
- Beware of false checks. Just ring up the company and ask them if they have lost their minds by wanting to give you loads of cash – simple!
Have people been seriously caught out by this scam?
Unfortunately, yes! A South African man was ripped off for a staggering R119000! That is nearly $10,000! All from a fake promotion such as the one I just detailed. If it is probably too good to be true – IT IS! Remember to Google for ALL such enticing lottery-winnings communications to save yourself the heart-break of losing so much money.
To Recap:- The Worlds Most Drunk Soft Drink is not running lotteries to make Millionaires or giving our laptops or anything of the sort. If in doubt please go to their official website to inquire further. The fake scam I just detailed hails from India, but pretending to represent UK, of this soft drink. Does that even make sense to you? Why would UK HQ be in India!
SCAM RATING:- 0/100! ITS JUST STRAIGHT UP A FAKE SMISHING/EMAIL SCAM THAT MASSES TARGET 100,000’S, IF NOT, MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN THE ONE GO! IT IS PROFITABLE AS STATISTICALLY SOME WILL FALL FOR IT! VARIATION OF THE NIGERIAN SCAM VIA POST LETTERS, WHICH INCIDENTALLY, CAME FROM THE SPANISH SCAM OF WRITING LETTERS BEGGING FOR MONEY. THESE LETTERS WOULD BE SENT TO RICH PEOPLE ASKING FOR BAIL MONEY! ONCE OUT OF JAIL THEY WOULD FIND THEIR TREASURE AND SPLIT THE PROCEEDS WITH THE AFOREMENTIONED DONATER – WHICH OF COURSE – THERE REALLY WAS NO TREASURE!
Now you know the whole history of where such a scam like this has come from and how it has evolved into the ‘monster’ it has come today 🙂 .
HAVE YOUR SAY!
Did you receive a text message, or an email, informing you of your good fortune? Why not let us know and what exactly was said and who sent it? You may leave your story below to help alert currents to this online scam. I know I am glad I Googled such a scam as I was tempted to take it seriously for 1.8 Million Euros!! I surely hope the information to What Is The Coca Cola Scam helps a great number of people avoid it and hope you share this article to help alert others online. Thank you for reading my post and look forward to hearing from you in the comment box below. All the best for now 🙂 .