Arsenal Lotto scam spammed out via PowerPoint file

Graham Cluley
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ArsenalThe scammers must be getting more and more desperate to get their claws on our money.

Their criminal business model is messed up somewhat by anti-spam filters blocking their fraudulent messages from reaching potential victims.

What’s a bad guy to do?

Well, they could do what this scammer has done – wrap their scam email up into a format that anti-spam software might not look at so closely.

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Subject: Please quote your !
From: Arsenal <notification@hqsportslottery.com>
Attached file: Arsenal.ppt

Message body:
Please find attachement

The scammer doesn’t give away much information in the email itself, but only the attachment (a PowerPoint file) and you’ll read that Arsenal Football Club have awarded you a £2,350,000 prize in their lottery.

Arsenal lotto scam - click for larger version

All you have to do is contact their representative in China, a Dr Cheng Dingxiang, with your personal information (presumably he will request your bank information soon and an administration fee) and before you know it riches will be yours!

Clearly the scammers are getting desperate.

Hopefully no-one IT-savvy would fall for such a scam – and be instantly suspicious that the communication arrived not only via email, but within a PowerPoint file as well.

But always remember that there may be vulnerable people out there who *do* fall for scams like this, and are at risk of ending up out of pocket as a result. Always be on the lookout to help vulnerable friends and family avoid scams like this – however ridiculous they may appear to you.

You might want recommend to your friends and family that they grab a copy of the Sophos Threatsaurus, where we explain the facts about threats to your computers and to your data in simple, easy-to-follow language.

Here’a one-minute video that tells you more:

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Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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