John Chao, Coca-Cola Award (Scam Alert)

Some email scammers have taken to sending short messages, and adding the details of their scam in an attachment. This is probably a technique to avoid spam email filters, and to be able to send an “official” looking document. In the example below, the email claims that you have won a great prize from the Coca-Cola Company, and need to get in touch with “John Chao” to let him know where to send the money:

Date: Sat, 9 May 2015
From: “Info@CocaCola”
Subject: Congrats

Kindly view the attached file and forward your details to our S.A fiduciary agent via email provided below to enable him proceed with your payment.

Mr. John Chao
Phone No: +27840248848

The attached file is an image called “Coke.JPG” that begins:

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded final draws held in Durban, South Africa, by Coca-Cola Company in conjunction with FIFA. Your email was among 3 Lucky winners who won £1,000,000.00 (One Million Great Britain Pound Sterling) each on the COCA-COLA COMPANY PROMOTION AWARD.

Alas, it’s just another lottery scam, and if you take the bait you’ll be sending”John Chao” all sorts of “fees” or “taxes” to release the money, and then he’ll disappear, never to be heard from again.