My other half (“who should know better” I hear you cry) forwarded on the message below.
FREE £60 SAINSBURY’S VOUCHER!
This does work, just had a reply back from my cousin who sent it, saying he has just received his voucher, Nice eh? Send this email on to 10 people and copy in J.email@example.com, Then Sainsbury’s will forward you a £60 voucher via email Fab – Just in time for Christmas
Of course, it is a hoax. It’s obvious, surely everybody can see that? Well, the truth is, it’s not that obvious and this particular hoax is still catching folks out! So what makes this so obviously a hoax?
Well, there are a few tell-tale signs.
The e-mail alias is playing on your impression of the big name that is behind the supermarket in question, you’d like to think that J.sainsburys is a reliable alias. Wrong on two counts. Firstly, the small ‘s’ is a clue, it should be uppercase. Secondly, it’s “J Sainsbury”, there’s no need for the trailing ‘s’. Don’t believe me? Check it here.
Then there’s the capital ‘T’ just after the ‘,’ – that’s just wrong. And no ‘.’ before ‘Fab’. And the capital ‘J’ in ‘Just’. And the capital ‘N’ in ‘Nice’. Always check grammar, spelling, etc. if you have even the slightest suspicion that something isn’t what it seems. Oh, and no ‘.’ closing the sentence.
The domain name, customerservices.com, has nothing to do with the supermarket. If this domain is still alive, it only serves to collect e-mail addresses from unsuspecting individuals who’ll be spammed later.
How easy is it to check for these hoaxes? Well, your favourite search engine is usually a good place to start. Check out J.sainsburys hoax to see what I mean.
So remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
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Yup – this has been going for over a year and is still active and still doing the rounds.
Yes the domain customerservices.com is still active by the way.
Even my partner who received the email immediately said “what a load of crap” and she normally falls for things like this 😛
Erm…agreeing with everything you say….I would also add that the BIGGEST telltale sign is that the ‘Domain Name’ is not the same as the Company Name?
Any reputable company has it’s OWN domain name/website eg firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com etc.
So surely, the reply address would have/should have been “customerservices@JSainsbury.com”
Am I wrong?
Gavin – yes indeed, it’s a fairly huge clue that something is wrong. In this particular case, you’re bang on! Having said that, I have completed legitimate surveys for well known software firms that have been out-sourced to third-parties, granted the software firm in question did e-mail me using their domain to tell me that the survey would start from the third-party domain.
Of course, the purpose of this blog post wasn’t to provide a hard’n’fast ruling on identifying scams and spam, but to provide some insight into learning more about “how” we know it’s a scam. Further comments are welcome.
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