Important Information: Hoax Email Scam
There are currently unsolicited emails being distributed across the world purporting to be from Honda.
The hoax emails have the subject line ‘2010 HONDA RESULT’ or other similar Honda-branded competitions announcing that you have won lots of money or prizes in a competition you know nothing about.
Please be aware that Honda has not revealed your email address to any third parties. Owners of all car makes are likely to be receiving this same email. The perpetrators are playing on the law of averages that some of the people that receive this email will be Honda owners.
The message itself can vary in its presentation and content, but may prompt you to follow a link to a Honda associated site or to contact a Honda "agent" for further information.
Increasingly scams such as this are becoming more sophisticated and will use items such as:
- - the names of real people
- - the right logos and branding
- - links to pages on the real website
- - official-looking fine print
- - genuine pages copied to a new fake address.
We strongly advise you to ignore this message and any follow-up emails you may receive. Delete them from your PC immediately. Do not under any circumstances follow any link in these messages, or reply to or divulge any information whatsoever to any email address contained within.
The email may or may not prompt you to click on a link to a web address. If there is a link, do not click on it as it will most probably take you to a 'ghost website' that looks exactly like an official Honda website. From there, you are in danger of having your keystrokes captured by the thieves and/or your information used without your knowledge.
Suggestions to protect yourself:
The more we use the internet, the more we all appreciate its convenience and access to services. Unfortunately, the technology is exploited for frauds that sometimes look surprisingly genuine, and we are all open to being targeted by fraudsters who establish fake websites and send out fake emails.
This common practice is called "phishing" which is a form of e-mail fraud. The perpetrator sends out legitimate-looking e-mails that appear to come from well known and trustworthy websites in an attempt to gather personal and financial information from the recipient. It's all designed to trick you into revealing private details and the Ministry of Consumer Affairs is warning people that scams like this are on the rise.
Unfortunately the origins of these emails and their creators are impossible to trace, so therefore our defense against these scams is to be armed with information and be cautious when receiving unsolicited emails from unknown or unexpected sources.
Below are some practices that may help give you the best chance of protecting yourself against these scams. We cannot guarantee that following these steps will protect you completely, however they may reduce the chances:
- Ensure your computer is protected by up-to-date anti-virus and personal firewall software.
- Only conduct financial transactions online using computers you know are secure. This means that use of
Internet cafes should be avoided.
For further information on how to recognise, report, and protect yourself from scams, visit consumeraffairs.govt.nz/scams.