Scammers are now using popular brand names like Starbucks when sending messages to their potential victims. In one of the random emails they send, for example, the scumbags claim that Starbucks is giving out cash gifts to short listed candidates. The email tells that you need to validate your email and requires you to send your name, mobile phone number, your date of birth and a scanned copy of your passport or driver’s license.
Do not be misled by the message. By sending your personal details and giving a copy of your passport and driver’s license to the anonymous people who claim to be somebody else endangers you of becoming a victim of identity theft.
From: STARBUCKS INTERNATIONAL PROMO
Subject: UK CUSTOMERS (VALIDATE YOUR EMAIL)
DEAR UK CUSTOMERS,
STARBUCKS IS GIVING OUT CASH GIFTS TO SHORTLISTED EMAIL CANDIDATES. THIS IS A WAY TO SAY THANK YOU.
YOUR EMAIL HAS BEEN SHORTLISTED AMONGST OTHERS AS WINNERS OF THIS YEAR STAR BUCKS EMAIL COMPETITION. YOUR EMAIL WAS SELECTED RANDOMLY WITH SEVEN OTHERS AMONGST MANY UK RESIDENTS EMAILS ENTERED INTO THE COMPETITION.
YOUR REFERENCE NUMBER IS XWT66577488BCK. A LUMP SUM OF TWO HUNDRED THOUSANDS POUNDS WILL BE SHARED AMONGST THE 8 EMAILS SHORTLISTED WITHIN 48 HOURS.
TO VALIDATE YOUR EMAIL, PLEASE REPLY TO email@example.com WITH THE FOLLWING INFO:
DATE OF BIRTH:
A SCANNED COPY OF YOUR PASSPORT OR DRIVERS LICENCE:
Starbucks Coffee Company,
What to Do if You Receive the Starbucks International Promo Email
1. Ignore the message
2. Mark the email as spam
3. Warn your friends not to fall to this scam. Share this post to your Facebook and twitter friends.