Toyota Australia warns of sms and email scam

Toyota Australia warns of sms and email scam

Feb 1, 2011 By Toyota Australia.

Toyota Australia warns of sms and email scam

Toyota Australia warns of sms and email scam

Toyota Australia has received hundreds of inquiries from concerned members of the public who have been sent text messages or emails that claim they have won money and a new Toyota car.

Toyota Australia Executive Director of Corporate Services Bernie O’Connor said, "Toyota Australia and its related companies have no connection with any lotteries that inform members of the public, whether by SMS or email, that they have won a prize, even if the 'Toyota' name appears in the message."

He said recent examples included emails purporting to come from 'Toyota Flood Relief Fund', 'Toyota International Lotto', 'Toyota Car Promotions', 'Toyota Car International Promotion Program' and 'Toyota Fortune Lotto Draw'.

"Any SMS or e-mail of this nature has not been sent by Toyota Australia or by an external party with our permission," said Mr O’Connor.

"Members of the public should avoid responding to any such e-mail or providing any personal information or money, as any SMS or email using the ‘Toyota’ name and claiming to award a lottery prize is highly likely to be a scam," he said.

For information about how to recognise and report scams, please visit the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s SCAMwatch website at www.scamwatch.gov.au.

For information about SPAM and what you can do about it, please visit the Australian Communications and Media Authority (the body responsible for administering the SPAM legislation) at www.acma.gov.au.