This email is not from Toyota and is not legitimate. This type of e-mail solicitation is known commonly as a “phishing” scam, with the primary objective being to obtain one’s personal information. This information can then be utilized to steal your identity. It is our hope that the authorities will be able to take action on this matter. In the meantime, we have included some tips and information below that we hope will be helpful.
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In order to claim the prize, the email asks that personal information (i.e. 1. Full Name: 2. Address: 3. Nationality: 4. Age: 5. Sex: 6. Occupation: 7. Phone/Fax: 8. Present Country) be sent to a Hotmail or Yahoo address.
This “Toyota Lottery” phishing scam is often sent from German (.de) or British (.co.uk) addresses, but can originate from anywhere and look very official even to the savviest of Internet users.
Please note that no reputable business will ever ask you for personal information through an unsolicited email.
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Search This email is not from Toyota and is not legitimate. This type of e-mail solicitation is known commonly as a “phishing” scam, with the primary objective being to obtain one’s personal
Toyota Lottery Scams
If you are not sure if you really win a prize, you can always call up
the direct line (not the ones in the email) to check if the company has
become insane and started to give out free money.
Forget about the headers, etc. Anybody can simply paste the headers on the email.
Somehow, it appears that most people think that these are scams but are tempted to reply to the first mail. After they get a second email from the scammer (i.e. a reply), they will get even more tempted and start to ask question “Is this real?”. That is why we advise not to reply and simply delete the first mail.
Subject: An email I got… I was wondering if it is real?
Question/Comment: TOYOTA LOTTERY HOUSE
You won the sum of £600,000.00 GBP and a Brand New Toyota Car from our monthly TOYOTA ADVERTISMENT LOTTERY PROGRAM,you are hereby adviced to get in touch with our payment center officer
Contact Mr. Walcott Lington
Email: [email protected]
That was the first one…
From the desk of Of Mr Walcott Lington
2 Lansodowne Row, Berkeley Square,
London,W1j 6h, United Kingdom
Phone : Tel: +44 704 572 1333
Dear Valerie Baskerville
You are to contact FIRST FLIGHT COURIER DELIVERY SERVICE for your payment
delivery with the information below:
FIRST FLIGHT COURIER DELIVERY SERVICE
Customer Care Office
Unit 3, Hounslow Business Park,
Alice way, Hounslow,
Middle Sex, UK.
Thanks for the urgent reply. it got to our understanding that most
winners will not believe they have won this large amount of money from an
internet e-games promotion.As your claims agent i have been assigned to
assist all international winners( non residents) in overseeing the payout
and delivery of your parcel.
Your email account was selected by our e-mail spider lottery search engine
which picked your email account as one of the lucky winners to have won
this wonderful prize.The process is very simple. Right now your cheque has
been insured with our insurance company here in London. They are one of the
biggest insurance companies with many departments here in London.
You are to contact them with the following information at once within the
1. Full name
2. Address where you would want the parcel delivered to.
3. Telephone Number/Fax Number.
Note that the modalities of delivering the parcel to you shall be your
expenses.This office is requesting an adequate update from you on the
proceedings between you and the courier agency.
That was the second one. It had a Toyota Company Header on it. Is it
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