MEDIA ALERT: Fraudulent Competition E-mail/Text Message Scam
Sept. 29, 2009
Melbourne, Australia – September 29, 2009 – Motorola has become aware of a recent series of fraudulent e-mails and text messages purporting to be from Motorola. The e-mails/text messages at issue inappropriately use Motorola trademarks and indicate to the recipient that he/she has won a prize (usually in large sums) in a Motorola Competition. Motorola would like to confirm that the e-mail/text message in question has not been sent or authorized by Motorola.
Rather, it appears to be the latest in a series of fraudulent “phishing” scams that have affected organizations and e-mail/text message recipients across nearly all industries and regions. The true intent of such “phishing” attempts appears to be to acquire the personal information of the recipients and/or to defraud those recipients. Motorola strongly advises recipients not to respond to the points of contact mentioned in such e-mails and/or text messages, and asks that you forward any such suspicious e-mail or text message correspondence that purports to originate from Motorola to email@example.com. For additional practical tips on protecting oneself from Internet fraud, including phishing attempts, please visit http://www.onlineonguard.gov/phishing.html.
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