Don't Fall for "Oprah Millionaire Contest" Email Scam

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If you receive an email advising you that you are being nominated for the Oprah Millionaire contest -unfortunately, it's a scam. The FBI is warning consumers to beware of a new email scam that claims to come from The Oprah Winfrey Show. The email is supposedly notifying recipients of their nomination for the "Oprah Millionaire Contest Show."

To participate, recipients are requested to mail their contact information such as full name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address; however, no mailing address was provided.

Verified contestants are then required to purchase airfare and a ticket to attend The Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as complete a forthcoming contest form containing personal questions.

The contestants are then promised a seat for The Oprah Winfrey Show in April and asked to provide their responses to the personal questions for a chance to win a million dollars.

Consumers always need to be alert to unsolicited e-mails. Do not open unsolicited e-mails or click on any embedded links, as they may contain viruses or malware. Providing your personally identifiable information will compromise your identity!

Individuals who receive such e-mails are encouraged to file a complaint at
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National White Collar Crime Center, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

For more info about scams and hoaxes see a few earlier blogs.


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