Warning about Scam (Phishing) Emails related to the “Sony Global Relief Fund for COVID-19”
Sony Corporation of America has become aware of an increase in scam emails – commonly called “phishing” emails – through which fraudulent third parties use the name of legitimate companies to obtain private information about individuals, such as personal or financial details (e.g., date of birth, social security numbers, passwords or credit card numbers). These scam emails are carried out either by sending a bogus email directly to unsuspecting victims or by directing victims to a website where information is requested.
In one recent case, victims have received emails from “Sony Corporation” or “SONY,” using fake (i.e., spoofed) “@sony.net” or “@sonyrelieffund.com” email addresses. The victims were informed that they are eligible to receive money from Sony’s Global Relief Fund and were asked to submit their personal information to an email address not affiliated with Sony.
If you have received or receive such an email, or have any concerns about the authenticity of a communication that purports to be from any Sony company or one of its officers, directors, employees, or representatives, please do not reply and instead report it to SCA.email@example.com.
Below is a past example of a scam email that was brought to our attention:
From: "Sony Corporation." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply: "Sony Corporation." <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 20 22:34:58 GMT
Subject: SONY CORPORATION GLOBAL RELIEF FUND.
Sony Corporation Global Relief Fund
$100 Million Covid19 Global Relief Fund
Relief Fund Covid19 Pandemic.
Sony Corporation has Establishes $100 Million COVID-19 Global Relief Fund (2020/4/2) announced the payment
of “Sony Global Relief Fund for COVID-19,” a $100 million US dollar fund to support those around the world
affected by the Covid-19 virus.
You are eligible to benefit a minimum of $200,000 US Dollars to $2.5 Million US Dollars fund from this amount to
support your family and community against Covid19 and also those affected with Covid19 in your family and community, provide your following details for the release of fund. Country, State, and City,
<Link to Sony>
<Link to Sony>
You are to contact the payment and screening officer with your particulars as stated below: to Email: (firstname.lastname@example.org) &
Government ID Proof.
Mobile phone Number.
Date of Birth:
Country of resident:
Covid-19 Global Relief Fund.