+447484732319 Congratulations! You have won 2,000,000. WIN No:HNNSY-251-4577509. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Now Claim Your winnings.
It says I've won a lot of money and without thinking I wonder how I can get my hands on the cash!
Don't click anything!
It looks a bit fishy doesn't it!?!
Look carefully at the above screen shot and you'll see:
- The mobile number it came from is a UK number (+44)
- The prize is in euros, not pounds
- The email address is email@example.com - the word "gewinnspiel" is German, I looked it up in Google Translator and it means "contest"
- I didn't enter a lottery!
- I didn't enter a lottery where I gave my mobile number!
Think carefully when you receive e-mails or SMS text messages like this one. If the information is not consistent, if you didn't sign up for something or enter a competition, or if it's just too good to be true - it's very likely to be a scam!
Delete such messages and stay safe!
For a very detailed look at a similar scam please see the following link:
https://blog.avast.com/2013/09/10/congrats-your-mobile-number-was-selected-as-a-winner-of-l-2000000-00/ [Last accessed August 2016]
The above page is on the AVAST website. AVAST are an established and well known anti-malware company.