After being alerted by a consumer about a scam e-mail that is using CTIA-The Wireless Association’s name and logo, CTIA’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel Michael Altschul released the following statement:
“CTIA takes the illegal use of our name and logo seriously. We are investigating this situation, but warn consumers that CTIA has nothing to do with this message. If you receive an email with our name and logo saying you ‘won a cellphone,’ we advise you to not respond.”
While the email message may change, here is one version.
From: C.T.I.A PROMO OFFICE
Sent: Monday, August 8, 2011 6:12 PM
Subject: CTIA PHONE WINNING NOTIFICATION!!!!
THANKS YOU FOR COMPLLYING WITH US FROM THE TEXT MESSAGE WE UNDERSTAND YOU HAVE NOT BEEN TOLD ABOUT YOU USING YOU MOBLIE PHONE AND QUALIFYING TO WIN. WELL I'LL TAKE THIS TIME TO EDUCATE YOU ON HOW WE CAME UP WITH THIS PROMO THIS YEAR SINCE 1984 WHEN THE ASSOCIATION STARTED WE HAVE NEVER HAD A GOOD OUT SALES BEFORE,SO IN OUR OWN WAY TO SAY THANK YOU TO MOBILE PHONE USERS WE HELD A PROMO DRAW, WE GOT YOUR NUMBER FROM THE INTERNATIONAL NETWORK COMMAND BT TRACKING OUR CELL PHONE CHIPS. in order to to view your WINNINGS you are requested to follow the link below.
VIEW MY WINNINGS NOW.
CONGRATULATIONS ONCE AGAIN.....
CONTACT THIS LINES FOR MORE INFO:+229-991-82-960 :+229-991-82-919/ EMAIL : firstname.lastname@example.org (C) http://www.ctia.org/
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