Coca-Cola warns of new SMS scam

2011-05-04 00:00

IF it sounds too good to be true then it probably is. This is what Coca-Cola is telling its consumers following a scam about a bogus competition that is doing the rounds on e-mails and SMSes.

A Pietermaritzburg resident who alerted The Witness about the e-mail, Benita McEwen, said she received a “phishing” message on Monday.

“It said I have won money from Coca-Cola in England. Knowing that I had not entered a competition, the warning bells started to ring,” McEwen said.

The “congratulations” e-mail reads: “Your e-mail was among the 20 lucky winners who won 950 000.00 Great Britain Pounds each in the Coca-Cola Company 2011 online promo.”

It says the prize money will be released to a regional branch office in the country.

Coca-Cola South Africa at Parktown in Johannesburg disassociated itself from the e-mail.

Zanele Sisilana of Coca-Cola consumer affairs said, “Coca-Cola will never ask you for confidential information such as your ID number or to provide banking details.”

Coca-Cola also advised users to look out for spelling and grammatical errors in e-mails, the use of non-corporate e-mail accounts such as Yahoo!, Gmail or Hotmail and a request for personal information. It said users should never reply to such e-mails or SMSes.

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