If you have got the SMS or email claiming that you are the winner of Sony Mobile Sweepstake, then there is a high possibility that is a scam. This kind of email or SMS will also provide the link to click in the email or SMS. If you click that link, then you will be landed in the website with domain "Nuson.net" which will look like as shown in the screenshot below. After clicking the link provided in such email or SMS, if you find such website, then you must know that is 100% scam.
However, these kinds of scammer can change their website name or domain or even a whole email. They can also claim you have earned some big amount of money in some big reputed company's sweepstake. It is not that these scammers always use the same company name. They always use the name of various reputed companies to scam people. You can find some more details on such scam emails or messages by clicking >HERE<
OK, now let's find out how these scammers trick people and steal their money.
These kinds of sweepstake or big lottery or prize money phishing emails are not a new thing. The cybercriminals have been found using various kinds of strategies to trick people so that people will contact them. Once people contact them, they pretend to be a staff of some big reputed company such as the staff of Sony Mobile in the case of this Sony Mobile Sweepstake scam and ask those people to send their personal information. Sometimes even they ask people to send credit card information. Those people who have provided the credit card information to such cybercriminals have ended up canceling their credit card because these cybercriminals kept on charging their credit card randomly without their consent.
However, some cybercriminals will not ask the credit card information. Instead, they will ask people to send some money to pay some taxes or processing fees to release their winning amount. Those people who have believed these cybercriminals have ended up losing their money which they have sent to these cybercriminals through Western Union, or MoneyGram or other transfer services.
If you want to save yourself from these kinds of scams, then never believe any email or SMS which you get out of blue claiming that you have won big prizes or money or something similar. None of the legit companies will do the lottery randomly. If you haven't purchased any lottery ticket, then don't fall into the emails which claim you have owned the lottery out of blue.
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