The Coca-Cola Company has learned of several text messages, emails and letters being sent to people that falsely claim the recipient has either won a sweepstake or a cash prize from our Company.
The text messages direct the recipients to a website that appears to be, but is not, an official site of The Coca-Cola Company. The official My Coke Rewards address is mycokerewards.com, and My Coke Rewards is a program offered only in the United States.
Subject lines for the emails have ranged from "The Coca-Cola Award Notification" to "The Coca-Cola Promo Winning Notification" to "The Coca-Cola Worldwide Christmas Promo," "Notification for Coca-Cola Foundation Cash Aid," or other similar titles. Some versions of the email hoax indicate a joint promotion with the British American Tobacco Company, an annual mid-year Coca-Cola promotional draw (which includes the name of former Coca-Cola executive vice president, Carl Ware), or a car giveaway in Hong Kong. The emails also include formal language that makes them look "official," and are sometimes designed to look legitimate by including images or photographs, a "secret pin code" or reference/ticket number and contact information for a Coca-Cola representative.
The letters are written to look official and may appear to come from a financial institution. They often contain a claim number and may even include a check that appears to be from our Company or another Coca-Cola bottler.
View samples of email hoaxes we have identified below. NOTE - This sample list does not include all Coca-Cola hoaxes in circulation. Other hoaxes may exist and may not be included here.
The Coca-Cola Company is in no way associated with these emails, text messages, letters, unauthorized websites or programs. We are not a sponsor and our name and trademarks are used here without permission.
This appears to be a form of fraud known as "phishing," wherein perpetrators attempt to develop relationships with victims in order to obtain personal and financial information. Common signs that a message may be a part of an email scam or phishing campaign include:
Spelling and grammatical errors in the email;
Improper use of company trademarks;
Sender's use of free, non-corporate email accounts (such as Yahoo!, AOL and Hotmail);
Requests for personal information and the promise of quick financial gain.
Overall, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Do not reply to these text messages, emails or letters with any information.
If you have already responded to this type of text message, email or letter, we recommend that you immediately discontinue all communications with the source and contact your local and/or federal authorities for advice on how to proceed to protect your personal information and privacy.
The following are samples of mail and/or email hoaxes that have been in circulation recently.
NOTE - This sample list does not include all Coca-Cola email hoaxes in circulation. Other hoaxes may exist and may not be included here.
1st Capital Financial Services
75 Ottawa St. N, Hamilton Ontario
MANAGEMENT AND PAYMENT CENTRE
Sweepstakes and E Games Payment Verification Centre
REGISTERED UNDER THE DATA PROTECTION ACT: 1998 (C.29)
OFFICE LINE: 416-939-7096
This is to notify you of your winning of a sweepstake as sponsored by a group of multi-national companies in North America. Your name attached to the sweepstakes number 021-3316-671 with a serial number of 4157-09 drew the lucky number of....
[This particular letter has been received by people via the postal system and usually includes an enclosed check that appears to be from our Company or another Coca-Cola bottler.]
Subject: THE COCA COLA COMPANY OFFICIAL PRIZE NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final draws held on the (18th May, 2006) by Coca-Cola in conjunction with the British American Tobacco Worldwide Promotion, your email was among the 20 Lucky winners who won £1,000,000.00 each on the THE COCA\' COLA COMPANY PROMOTION However the results were released on the 20th May, 2006 and your email was attached to ticket number (7PWYZ2006) and ballot number (BT:12052006/20) The online draws was conducted by a random selection of email addresses from an exclusive list of 29,031 E-mail addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet. However, no tickets were sold but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation and privacy…
Subject: NOTIFICATION OF THE ANNUAL MID-YEAR COCA-COLA PROMOTIONAL DRAW
This is to notify you on the 2006 annual mid-year coca-cola promo result which holds in this depot yearly. The 2006 edition was shifted from its usual presentation month of July to August because of the upgrades in our systems which occured during the month of July.
Every Mid-Year, the coca-cola company depot (Surulele Zone) holds this promo from our additional profit, and is assuredly aimed towards affecting
lifes and as a means of arm to the needy. The annual mid-year philantropic gesture is ten (10) years old in Nigeria, and as a result, the Coca-Cola depot has decided to shift its presentations above the shores of Nigeria till 2012. The 2006 draw was done today the 28th of August 2006 at 8:15am (Nigerian Time).
Electronically, email addresses were gathered from all over the continents of AFRICA (Nigeria Exemptional), ASIA, EUROPE, AUSTRALIA, AMERICA, NORTH AMERICA, & SOUTH AMERICA. Joan a little girl of 5 yrs old was to pick one email from the wholesome of the email addresses in the box in a random mode, and ticket Reference number *44neh19xxfcoca5ecc* which had this email address was selected by Joan.
We proudly present you therefore as the winner of the 2006 edition of the coca-cola mid-year philantropic promo award of 5.2 million United States Dollars only (US$ 5.2m). To inform you that your US$ 5.2m award has for long been deposited into the leading bank here in Nigeria, (Zenith Bank Plc) and was deposited on the 15th day of February 2006 therefore is 100% secured and safe until it is transferred to you....
Subject: THE COCA COLA COMPANY PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD
THE COCA COLA COMPANY Hong Kong office is Giving Away 1 cars For "FREE"!! And cash bonus of $800,000.00
The Company is trying e-mail to e-mail advertising to introduce its products.
The reward you received for advertising for them is a Mercedes-Benz, ML class jeep convertible free of cost! Including cash prize of $800,000,00
To receive your free car all you need to do is send us your
1. Full name
2. Address / contact number
3. Country of origin
Within 1 month you will receive a free car. a draw has just been concluded in Hong Kong last weekend (we contacted you via your email address).
Read our response to this type of email hoax.
Subject: AWARD NOTIFICATION
This is to inform you that have been selected for a cash prize of £2,600,000.00 (Two Million, Six Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds) International programs held on the 26th of September 2005 in the London Uk.
The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection system(ess) from a database of over 500,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world.
The Coca-Cola Company Lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board and also Licensed by the The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR). This promotional lottery is the 2nd of its kind and we intend to sensitize the public.
To begin the processing of your prize you are to contact your claims officer through our accredited Prize Transfer agents as stated below...
Subject: COCA-COLA PROMO WINNING NOTIFICATION or THE COCA-COLA COMPANY CHRISTMAS SEASONAL PROMOTION PRIZE AWARDS WINNING NOTIFICATION
Dear Lucky Winner,
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final draws of Coca-Cola Worldwide Christmas Promo.
The online Coca-Cola Worldwide Christmas Promo draws was conducted by a random selection of email addresses from an exclusive list of 29,031 E-mail addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet. However, no tickets were sold but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation and privacy.
After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as one of twelve winners in the third category for the second prize with the following data:
Ref Number: EAASL/941OYI/02/SHYN
Batch Number: 12/25/0034
Ticket Number: 025-11464992-750
You as well as the other winners are therefore to receive a cash prize of USD$85,000 (EIGHTY FIVE THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) each from the total payout.
Your prize award has been insured with your e-mail address and will be transferred to you upon meeting the requirements, statutory obligations, verifications, validations and satisfactory report.
To begin the claims processing of your prize winnings you are advised to contact our licensed and accredited claims agent/security company for SECOND category winners with the information below: You are also advised to give the following informations to the claim's agent via email.
NOTE: All winnings must be claimed within 20 days from today. After this date all unclaimed funds would be included in the next stake. Remember to quote your reference information in all correspondence with your claims agent.
You are to keep all lotto information away from the general public especially your reference and ticket numbers. (This is important as a case of double claims will not be entertained).
Members of the affiliate agencies are automatically not allowed to participate in this program.
Please be Warned!!!: Fraudulent emails are circulating that appear to be using National Lottery addresses, but are not from The National Lottery.
PLEASE REPORT IMMEDIATELY TO...
114 A Randol
United States of America
Subject: Notification for Coca-Cola Foundation Cash Aid
This is to notify you that you have been chosen By the Board of trustees of the Coca-Cola Foundation based in the U.S.A, as one of the recipients for 2010 Cash Aid for your own personal, educational and business development.
Coca-Cola Foundation was developed in 1936 by the Multi-Million groups, which was conceived with the objective of Human Growth, poverty eradication, Education and Community development.
The United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU), is donating five Hundred Million Great Britain Pounds, towards the Coca-Cola Foundation anniversary as specific cash aid to over 250 international recipients worldwide in different categories for business, educational and personal development, and at least 30% to be used by each for the development of his/her community.
In line with the 74rd year anniversary program, the United Nation and Coca-Cola Foundation has established and launched a satellite foundation in Africa and Asia and wishes to use this medium to introduce Coca-Cola Foundation Africa and Asia to the world.
Based on the random selection exercise from the Coca Cola product purchase receipts and the Internet ip address , you were selected among the recipients to receive the sum of GBP 1,671,000.00 (One Million Six hundred and seventy one thousand Great Britain Pounds) as cash aid from the donations of the (UN) and the (EU) in accordance with the enabling act of Parliament.
Kindly note that you are not the only beneficiary in your country and your country is not the only country that is benefiting from this donation, as recipients have been chosen from countries that are part of the United Nations and the European Union. The idea of this cash aid is that within ten years from now, there will be notable richness among many unusual people around the world.
Coca-Cola Foundation, is one of the numerous bodies involved in the fight against global economic crisis, in line with this, we resolved to empower only recipients with laudable credentials, Skills and experience in leading/management so as to ensure adequate utilization of the cash aid, and also to ensure that beneficiaries will invest in organizations that will in turn provide job opportunities for themselves, and their community at large.
This will empower so many people, and afford them the opportunity to get their lives to a stage where they had always wanted. Kindly note that you will only be chosen to receive the cash aid once, which means that subsequent yearly donation will not get to you again, so it's your chance to spend wisely on something that will create a long lasting wealth to you and your family, and members of your community.
You are required to contact your cash aid documentation officer (Executive Secretary) (London, United Kingdom, Ext) with the below information, for documentation. (Between the hours of 8.00am - 7.30pm on Monday to Friday).
Name: Dr. Joseph Maxwell Anderson
Diplomat Tell: +44-702-405-1081
Address: Government Buildings,
Otley Rd, Leeds,
LS16 5PZ, United Kingdom.
Kindly be aware that the Coca-Cola Foundation Board of trustees does not know you in person or your biography, this makes it impossible to identify you, or ascertain your credibility as to ensuring that your cash aid will be appropriately utilized.
You are therefore required to send your C.V on your contact with your cash aid documentation officer.
Curriculum Vitae (C.V) should contain as follows.
Date of birth:
All Contact Address:
Next of kin:
Cash Aid payments are strictly administered by the respective/authorized payment offices of the Coca-Cola Foundation United Kingdom, under delegated powers from the (UN) United Nations and the (EU) European Union.
Please endeavor to quote your CCFQC (ccf70862) in all discussions.
*Finally, all funds should be redeemed by their respective beneficiaries, not later than one month after notification, failure to do so, implies that the beneficiary is a ghost, and as such, cash aid will be cancelled and reserved for next edition.
On behalf of the Coca-Cola Foundation, Board of trustees, kindly accept our Warmest congratulations.
Rev. Richard O'Riely
Coca Cola Foundation, U.S.A