According to a text message that has been blasted out to mobile phone users in recent days, the recipient has been selected as the winner of £1750000 in a prize draw called “Coke Promo”.
Recipients are urged to follow a link to claim their prize or contact a helpline email address.
But, alas, the SMS is just another advance fee scam. You have not won any money and the message has no connection whatsoever to Coke or any other legitimate entity.
If you go to the website or respond via email, you will be asked to provide your name and contact details in order to begin processing your prize claim.
Soon after you submit your information, you will be contacted by a criminal posing as a prize agent. You will be told that, before receiving your prize, you must send money to cover various fees such as banking charges, taxation, or insurance costs.
If you do send the requested funds, more and more requests for money will likely follow.
After you finally realise that you are being conned or run out of money to send, the scammers will disappear with your money and you won’t here from them again. And, of course, you will never receive the promised prize money, which never existed to begin with.
Moreover, the scammers may have tricked you into supplying a large amount of your personal and financial information during the course of the scam. Armed with this information, they may steal your identity as well as your money.
Advance fee prize scams like this continue to be very common. Criminals distribute them via email, social media messages, and surface letters as well as via SMS.
If you receive one of these scam messages, do not respond. Any message in any format that claims that you have won a large sum of money or a valuable prize in a promotion that you have never entered is likely to be a scam.
An example of the scam text message:
Alert!:Your Mobile No is Selected as winner of £1750000 on Coke Promo. Go to www.[link removed].net to claim. enter Ref: AU66725372 .helpline: info@[link removed]