Belfast, 7th July 2011
Fraudulent Coca-Cola Award Winner Notifications
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 emails include formal language that makes them look ‘official’ and are sometimes designed to look legitimate by including images or photographs, a ‘secret pin code’ or reference/ticket number and contact information for a Coca-Cola representative.
The Coca-Cola Company and Coca-Cola Hellenic are in no way associated with these emails or programmes.
This appears to be a form of fraud known as ‘phishing’, by which scam artists attempt to develop relationships with victims in order to obtain personal and financial information. 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 is recommend that you immediately discontinue all communications with the source of the email and contact your local authorities for advice on how to proceed to protect your personal information and privacy
For more information, please contact:
Public Affairs and Communications Manager
Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland
Phone number: + 44 28 92 64 2000