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December 1st, 2008

Scammers Spam Lures Into Fake McDonald’s Survey With A Non-existent Money Reward

Phishing fraudsters are attempting to scam deceivable users into handing over their credit card details on the basis of a supposed offer from McDonalds.

The scam relies on spam emails to trick users into answering a fictitious satisfaction survey that offer a non-existent reward of $75. After completing the quiz prospective marks are asked to hand over their banking details in order to receive their reward. It includes name, email address, credit card details. Crooks will doubtless go on to either use this information to fraudulently buy goods or, more likely, sell it to others in the digital underground.

This isn’t the first time a bogus survey has used in a phishing attack. Surveys related to Wal-Mart, American Airlines, and even U.S. President-Elect Barack Obama were previously used to collect personal information from potential victims.

Also, similar to this phishing attack on McDonald’s, all surveys promised some form of reward to anyone who will participate on the survey. This clearly shows that cyber criminals are taking advantage of users’ tendency to try and save up as much money as they can, especially this holiday season.

Credit: Aivee Cortez, Trend Micro Malware Blog

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    2 Responses to “Scammers Spam Lures Into Fake McDonald’s Survey With A Non-existent Money Reward”

    1. Almira Lozada Says:
      January 12th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

      *** Original content removed by Admin ***

      Thank you for your observation, all fixed. Sometimes it is hard to determine what content comes from where and credits are lost in the editing.


    2. Almira Lozada Says:
      January 14th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

      Thanks for your immediate action. Will continue following your blog 🙂 Great work, btw.

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