Honda Siel says it is not running a promotion scheme for Honda-CRV; warns against scam mail

Scamsters offer Honda CR-V—an SUV—plus Rs6 lakh in emails sent from a Gmail ID, forcing the company to issue a clarification

Honda Siel Cars India has said that it has come to the company's notice that some fraudulent emails are being circulated, offering the Honda CR-V variant and Rs6 lakh. The company has clarified that Honda Siel Cars is not running any promotion scheme on chromium-vanadium alloy tool steels or on the CR-V sports utility vehicle (SUV) and it has warned people against sharing any personal data in response to such mails.

The scamsters have used Honda Siel Cars India as the name of the sender of the email which has been sent from the address [email protected] as email ID. It says, "This Email is to inform you that you have Emerge the Beneficiary of a Brand New HONDA CR-V CAR and a Cash Amount Of Six Indian Lahks (600.000.00 INR) Reply with your ID:HON3134UVM, Full name, Mobile Number and Country Claim."

Honda Siel Cars is a joint venture between Japan's Honda Motor Co Ltd and Siel Ltd, a Siddharth Shriram Group company. The company makes and sells cars under the Honda brand name in India.

The email originates from an IP address that is labelled as private in Whois database. However, it is routed through the IP address of US-based Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Regular readers of Moneylife will recognise such messages as spam or phishing mails. For others who might have received such messages and did not know what to do, here are some guidelines.

The first thought that should come to mind is, why would Honda send an email from an ID other than their own? In this case the scamsters have chosen to use a Gmail ID. Then, we qualify the the money with rupees, or Rs, or use the new symbol before the amount, whereas the email reads "Six Indian Lahks (not even lakh/lakhs), or 600.000.00 INR. Whether this figure is 6 lakh or 600 or 6 crore, there is no way of knowing since the scamsters have put full stops anywhere and everywhere-but it appears to be the American style of million and billions.

This is yet another fraud unsuspecting people ought to guard against. In case one receives such and email, delete it immediately. You could also check the company website for further information-in this case it is HondacarIndia.com.

One last thing: Since the scamsters have used a Gmail ID, and if you have received the message on your Gmail ID, you could open the mail, click on the reverse triangle sign next to reply. Here click on 'Report phishing', so it is marked as a phishing attack and can be blocked permanently.

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AGISSAC SAHAI
1 decade ago
Dear Sir,
I have received one mail few days i don,t believe this mail. Here with i enclosed the scam mail fro the Name of RBI.As i kindly reques to you please block to this mail to pass everyone.and take necessary steps.
Thanking You

RESERVE BANK OF INDIA
CENTRAL OFFICE BUILDING
SHAHID BHAGAT SINGH ROAD
MUMBIA-400 001.

GREETINGS TO YOU FROM THE RESERVE BANK OF INDIA.


ATTENTION: AG.ISSACSAHAI,
GREETINGS TO YOU FROM THE RESERVE BANK OF INDIA LOCAL TRANSFER DEPARTMENT CENTRAL OFFICE BUILDING MUMBAI INDIA. THIS IS COMING TO YOU IN REGARDS OF YOUR AWARDED AMOUNT OF EIGHTY FIVE (85 LACS) FROM THE GOVERNMENT IN COLLABORATION WITH THE INDIA MINISTRY OF WORK FOR YOU TO ORGANIZE A BUSINESS OF YOUR CHOICE AND CREATING JOB OPPORTUNITY FOR OTHER CITIZEN WHO NEEDS IT SO THAT THE ECONOMY OF THIS NATION CAN GROW MORE THAN THIS LEVEL. BE INFORM THAT THE AMOUNT HAVE BEEN ISSUED TO THE RESERVE BANK ONLINE TRANSFER ACCOUNT WHICH THE AUTHORITY OF THIS BANK WAS ASSIGN TO TRANSFER THE MONEY TO YOUR NOMINATED ACCOUNT THE MOMENT WE RECEIVE YOUR FULL ACCOUNT DETAILS AND SO BE INFORM THAT THE AMOUNT HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRED ALREADY FROM THIS BANK BUT IN YOUR LOCAL BANK HEAD QUARTERS CENTRAL STORAGE ACCOUNT AND THAT IS TO SAY THAT YOUR AWARDED AMOUNT IS STAYING PENDING TO YOUR ACCOUNT.
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THE REASON FOR THIS SITUATION WAS THAT DURING THE TRANSFER OF YOUR AWARDED AMOUNT OF 85 LAKHS FROM THIS BANK TO YOUR LOCAL PERSONAL BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER WHICH YOU PROVIDED TO US FOR THE TRANSFER OF YOUR FUNDS, YOUR LOCAL BANK HEAD QUARTERS CALLED TO CONFIRM TO US THAT A PROBLEM HAS OCCURRED DUE TO THE FACT THAT YOUR ACCOUNT WAS LOCALLY PENNED AND HAVE LIMITATIONS FOR FUNDS ACCEPTANCE. SO THEREFORE IS NOT LARGE ENOUGH TO RECEIVE THE SAID AMOUNT WHICH WE HAVE ALREADY TRANSFERRED TO YOUR PERSONAL ACCOUNT. SO WE THEN PENDED THE MONEY TO YOUR ACCOUNT AT YOUR LOCAL BANK HEAD QUARTERS CENTRAL STORAGE ACCOUNT. THIS HAPPENED AFTER WE HAVE TRY TRANSFERRING THE FUNDS TO YOUR NOMINATED BANK ACCOUNT YOU PROVIDED WHICH DID NOT WORK, SO THEN YOUR BANK HEAD DEPARTMENT WAS INSTRUCTED TO OPEN THEIR CENTRAL STORAGE ACCOUNT SYSTEM SO THAT YOUR AMOUNT OF 85 LACS CAN BE STORED IN THERE AND AT THE SAME TIME PENDING THE AMOUNT OF 85LACS TO YOUR ACCOUNT SO THAT WHEN YOUR ACCOUNT IS FULLY EXPANDED, YOUR LOCAL BANK CAN BE AUTHORIZE BY THE RESERVE BANK AUTHORITY TO FINISH THE TRANSACTION OF YOUR 85 LACS TO YOUR PERSONAL ACCOUNT.

SO FAR SO GOOD, YOUR BANK HAS INFORM US THAT THE COST OF THE EXPANSION OF AN ACCOUNT IS THIRTY SEVEN THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED INDIA RUPEES (37,100 INR) WHICH YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY BEFORE YOUR ACCOUNT CAN BE EXPANDED TO RECEIVE THAT AMOUNT OF 85 LACS AND THIS CAN NOT BE DEDUCTED FROM YOUR AWARDED AMOUNT BECAUSE THE MONEY HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRED ALREADY AND NOW IS STAYING PENDING TO YOUR ACCOUNT ONLINE RIGHT NOW SO THEREFORE THE AMOUNT THIRTY SEVEN THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED INDIA RUPEES (37,100 INR) WILL HAVE TO BE PAID BY YOU.

NOTE: THAT YOUR LOCAL BANK BRANCH DO NOTE HAVE RIGHT TO INFORM YOU OF ANYTHING BECAUSE WE HAVE INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE GOVERNMENT, THE RESERVE BANK IS IN CHARGE OF YOUR AWARDED AMOUNT AND EVERY TRANSACTION WHICH IS GOING TO BE MADE HERE HAS TO BE THROUGH THIS BANK BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT WHO IS GIVING THE AMOUNT TO YOU AS COMPENSATION JUST TO MAKE SURE THE ECONOMY OF THIS NATION INCREASES HAS ORDERED IT TO BE SO.

BE INFORM THAT YOU WILL HAVE TO ARRANGE THE AMOUNT OF THIRTY SEVEN THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED INDIA RUPEES (37,100 INR) AND GET BACK TO US FOR PAYMENT DIRECTIVES FOR THE EXPANDING OF YOUR ACCOUNT SO THAT YOUR AWARDED AMOUNT WHICH IS STAYING PENDING TO YOUR ACCOUNT CAN BE FINALLY TRANSFERRED INTO YOUR PERSONAL BANK ACCOUNT IN THIRTY MINUTES AFTER YOU HAVE MADE THE PAYMENT FOR THE EXPANSION OF YOUR ACCOUNT.

WE DO HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND THE CONTENT OF THIS MAIL, AS WE AWAIT YOUR SWIFT RESPONSE FROM YOUR END AS SOON AS THE CHARGES OF THIRTY SEVEN THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED INDIA RUPEES (37,100 INR) IS READILY AVAILABLE FOR THE EXPANSION CHARGES OF YOUR ACCOUNT.

YOURS IN PROGRESS...
SHRI G. PADMANABHAN.
(CHIEF GENERAL MANAGER)
DEPARTMENT OF PAYMENT AND SETTLEMENT SYSTEMS
RESERVE BANK OF INDIA
RNandakumar
1 decade ago
I received a similar mail but not from Honda but from AUDI announcing that my mail id has won a car in the raffle in their recent promotional campaign.
Before passing the mail to the cyber crime branch I had asked them to send the car to my state distributor and advise me accordingly after which I would surely present all my personal details. There is no reply yet. Private Banks like HDFC or ICICI constantly warn their customers that they never seek any personal detail through e-mail. Just like the mandatory and statutarty warning on smoking every bank should be asked to instal a warning about phishing.
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