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18 January, 2022
 
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Scam promises chance to win expensive phones

Online scammers use Post Office logo to defraud phone and internet users

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Cybercrime police have been inundated with complaints about a scam using the Post Office logo, where consumers receive misleading text and online messages about a chance to win expensive phones.

According to police, mobile phone and social media users have been receiving messages telling them that the Cyprus Post Office picked them to be one of ten possible winners of latest brands of iPhone and Samsung Galaxy.

The message was written in Greek next to an official-looking Cyprus Post Office logo, depicting the well-known post horn emblem

The notice appeared either in a popup window, on Facebook, other social media websites and even in SMS text messages, according to the police.

The message was written in Greek next to an official-looking Cyprus Post Office logo, depicting the well-known post horn with the Republic of Cyprus emblem.

“Congratulations! You are one of ten users who have been selected for a chance to win an iPhone X or a Samsung Galaxy S9!”

But police say the messages are misleading and primarily aim at defrauding consumers in a variety of ways, such as asking for information regarding personally identifiable data, secret passwords, and online bank accounts.

Mobile phone and social media users are urged not to respond to such message and instead should delete them immediately.

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