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Report: Suspected Phishing Email

Created: 05 Jul 2010 | 2 comments

A warning to Gmail users and a request to Symantec for investigation: this morning I recieved an email from composed by an unknown source claiming to be "British America Tobacco". The message subject was "Your Mail Id WON £1,000,000.00 Pounds In The TOBACCO PROMO", and the mesage contents were as follows: 
For Claims Send Your Details Below:

Full Name:
Mobile Phone:

My reply was as follows: NOTICE: This message has been suspected by Gmail and Norton Confidential as a phishing email, and has been reported to Symantec Corporation for further investigation and warning of other email users. Remember, any email asking for personal information WILL be ignored and possibly reported, especially one possibly sent from a foreign country. Officially verified and other non fraudulent sites will NEVER ask for personal information and this info can only be sent through a secured site with a secure socket layer (SSL), an "https" address, a license from Class 5 Certificate Authority, etc. If this email is not intended to be a phishing message, please remember that other options for gathering information in a secure way are cheap and easy to acquire.

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deepak.vasudevan's picture

I have an another discussion forum URL ( which vents outs its grievance regarding the spam burst from .CN TLD.

I believe .CN indicates a TLD from China. Can some one help if there is some reporting authority to escalate such issues originating from .CN TLDs?

billybobjankinz's picture

Gmail is usually pretty good about alerting to these types of emails. Usually what will happen is they will put a big red banner across the top of the email that says "this is a potential phishing attempt" or something along those lines.


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