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Bank of Mauritius warns public against MasterCard Awards 2015 phishing email

Bank of Mauritius warns public against MasterCard Awards 2015 phishing email

The Mauritius central bank and the Financial Services Commission have warned the public against a phishing email entitled ‘MasterCard Awards 2015′ that purports to be from a certain Ms Mercy Hunt, who states that the beneficiary is one of 60 select individuals who have presumably won USD 1 million. (Image: Complete data products)

The Bank of Mauritius (BoM) and the Financial Services Commission Mauritius (FSC) have put out a communique warning public of a phishing email entitled ‘MasterCard Awards 2015’, which is currently in circulation in the island economy.

The email purports to be from Ms Mercy Hunt, presumably a Secretary working at the MasterCard office, who states that the beneficiary is one of 60 select individuals who have presumably won USD 1,000,000.

The beneficiaries are requested to contact a certain Ms Grace Campbell to claim their prize and to provide their personal details to process their MasterCard Certificate.

The beneficiaries have also been warned in that same phishing e-mail to exercise appropriate caution against imposters. This confidence trick is used in order to appear genuine and also to gain the interest and confidence of the recipient of the phishing email.

The communique also draws attention to the fact that the names of Mr. Blaine Vandergate, Mrs. Mercy Hunt and Mrs. Grace Campbell often appear in phishing e-mails as presumably being the Director, Secretary and Administrator of MasterCard ® or Microsoft® Mega Jackpot.

The Bank of Mauritius and the FSC have accordingly urged members of the public to exercise appropriate caution in respect of such emails and to avoid providing personal details such as bank accounts, credit card numbers, to avoid being scammed.

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