You might be led to believe that you are responding to an offer for a free entry, but the form you are asked to complete is a disguised invoice or contract with the amount owed hidden in tiny print.
Alternatively, the scam might appear as a proposal for a subscription to a magazine or journal.
If you receive an unexpected bill from a utility provider, do not open the attachment.
Fake directory invitations will often include a form to be filled out and ask for your business contact details with an approval signature.
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