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01 March 2004 @ 11:55 am
XBox Email Scam!  

I just received the following email and you know the saying "if it looks too good to be true, it's most probably not true". Well, that's what I found about this email. Three things clicked in my head when I checked out the site.

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1) Graphics sucks
2) Ask only for Debit Card (because Credit Card function is not available)
3) Additional "SPAM" tactic text included at the bottom.

Here's a sample of the email.

The Spam, the Scam Greetings,

Your email address was registered into our March competition by one of our members at PikaPrize.net. This is a prize draw, I am writing to inform that you have won a Microsoft X-Box gaming console!

Your X-Box bonus pack also includes these top 5 games:

Panzer Dragoon Orta
Halo 2
Soul Calibur 2
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2
Grand Theft Auto - Double Pack

You are now invited to visit our website and claim your prize. We have provided you with a special link to our site, which expires within 72 hours. Please visit within this time, or unfortunately your X-Box will be returned to the prize pool.

Here is your link!
[LINK]

You will need to use this prize code to enter:

prizecode: [PRIZE CODE]

(Important, do not lose your prizecode!)

We hope that you will enjoy your new X-Box gaming console! If you have any enquiries please do not hesitate to contact me, by replying to this e-mail.

Congratulations on winning!

Best regards,

Ken Kawaguchi
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Administrator - PikaPrize.net

Now, the website was evident in trying to make itself look credit by using the once-popular "Pokémon" theme -- but when it asks for only debit card (which of course has less securities than a credit card) something is definitely wrong.

I did a scan on the internet for other such events and found this posting on about.com.

Go here for the MovableType entry.