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Beware of the virtual CWG scam

Add one more scam to the Commonwealth Games. This time, a virtual one: you can win a million dollar lottery ‘instituted by the Commonwealth Games to be hosted by Delhi’.

india Updated: Sep 22, 2010 00:14 IST
Mayank Austen Soofi

Add one more scam to the Commonwealth Games. This time, a virtual one: you can win a million dollar lottery ‘instituted by the Commonwealth Games to be hosted by Delhi’.



A fraudulent email with ‘New Delhi Games’ as the subject is doing the rounds on the Web. It says, “We are pleased to officially validate your email account as the winner of $1,000,000 USD approved by Soyof Board of Trustee in conjunction with the Common Wealth Games Programme held in New Delhi, India starting from 3rd October to 14th October, 2010.”



The mail asks you to send a scanned copy of your identification along with your cell phone number and address, for the money transaction. On receipt of one such mail, HT City called the Delhi landline number

Commonwealth Games

mentioned in it. A man answered in a heavy foreign accent, and asked us if we had replied to the mail. On confirming, he said he would get back. When asked about the whereabouts of the lottery office, he said, “British High Commission, Chanakyapuri.”



“This is not our phone number, and obviously, someone is trying to trick people,” said an official at the British High Commission.



“We haven’t received any complaint of the scam so far, but we’ll look into it,” says RK Gaur, press information officer at CBI, which looks after the cyber crime cell.



Special web pages have been created on the net warning people to stay away from the phishing attempt. “Yes, I got such a mail and deleted it right away,” says Banjeet Boro, an IT professional.