Aussie or Kiwi? – Stay Clear Of This McDonald’s Survey Phishing Scam

image Would you fill out a survey, sponsored by McDonald’s, if they paid you 90 dollars for doing it? I’ll go out on a limb here and say – yes you would.  :)  Just like most offers that sound overly attractive though – this offer is a scam.

Jump into this one, and you’ll stand a good chance of losing your credit card information. So, no 90 dollars; just a real messy credit cleanup to look forward to.

According to Symantec Hosted Services unit, MessageLabs Intelligence, this scam (so far limited to Australia and New Zealand), is not only plausible, but in appearance, it could easily pass for the real thing.

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Image courtesy of Symantec.

Filling out the survey form really isn’t the hook – that comes later. Clicking on the “proceed” link (this is where you get the 90 bucks), opens the following screen.

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Image courtesy of Symantec.

If, at this point, you don’t hear a loud WTF, resonating in your head – you’re about to become a cyber crime victim.

The rest of us (non Australian or New Zealanders), shouldn’t be complacent because, for the moment, this scam is appearing only in that part of the world. If this scam works there, and I suspect it will work very well, there’s little doubt it will soon be on it’s way to you’re inbox.

For additional information on this scam checkout Nick Johnston’s Blog post over at the Symantec Hosted Services Blog.

About Message Labs Intelligence:

Symantec’s Message Labs Intelligence is a respected source of data and analysis for messaging security issues, trends and statistics. MessageLabs Intelligence provides a range of information on global security threats based on live data feeds from our control towers around the world scanning billions of messages each week.

About Symantec:

Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help consumers and organizations secure and manage their information-driven world.  Our software and services protect against more risks at more points, more completely and efficiently, enabling confidence wherever information is used or stored. More information is available here.

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7 responses to “Aussie or Kiwi? – Stay Clear Of This McDonald’s Survey Phishing Scam

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  2. Mal

    Hey Bill,

    I haven’t seen this yet, thanks for the heads up.

    Cheers

  3. Mal

    Hey Bill,

    LOL. Nope, I wouldn’t fall for it, but it’s still nice to know of new threats.

    Cheers

  4. Is there no end to the depths that these miscreants will fall to? Preying on one of man’s most basic instincts is just evil. Heck, they would have had me if they just offered free food.

    But how would they send it to you? Putting it in the CD-Rom drive and trying to e-mail it would be messy and goodness knows a 3.5” floppy drive slot is out of the question. An old Colorado tape drive slot might take a Big Mac, but who has one of those anymore…

    But you can buy a whole lot off the dollar menu with $90! Very enticing! :)

    Thanks for the heads up Bill. You are doing an amazing job.

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