Beware of "Powered By Google" Lottery Scam
July 29, 2016
Online users, please be aware of the "Powered By Google©" lottery scam email message below. The fake email message was created and sent by cyber-criminals to trick the recipients into sending their personal information and money, by claiming that they are winners of the Electronic Online Sweepstakes organized by Google. Remember, there is no Google lottery or sweepstakes, and Google will never ask its users to send their personal information via email message.
Please continue reading below.
This type of lottery scam will ask you to send your personal information and subsequently ask you to send money in order to receive your prize. But, please do not respond to the email message or follow the instructions in it. Google is not taking part in or endorsing any lottery games, so if you receive an email claiming that you have won some lottery prize endorsed by Google, it is a scam.
The “Powered By Google©” Lottery Scam
From: Google Inc [mailto: email@example.com ]
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 7:11 AM
Subject: Powered By Google
Dear Google User,
You have been selected as a winner for using Google services. Find attached email with more details.
CEO Google UK.
©2016 Google - Terms & Privacy
The fraudulent email message above has the following letter attached:
Google UK Ltd Belgrave House 76 Buckingham Palace Road London SW1W 9TQ United Kingdom.
RE: OFFICIAL LETTER.
Ref No: GFSP/ 31177/137782/2016 Batch: GFSP/ 373977/GPWIN/UK
we heartily congratulate you over your success in the official publication of results of the E-mail Electronic Online Sweepstakes Organized by Google (randomly picked by our automated system/Random Name and E-mail Generator (RNG), in conjunction with the foundation for the Promotion of Software Products (FPS), held here in London UK. Google earns its profit mainly from advertising using their very own Google search engine, Gmail, Gala, Sify,e-mail service Google Maps, Google Apps, Orkut social networking and YouTube video sharing, which are all offered to the public for free.
We wish to congratulate you once again, for being among the Twelve (12) selected winners. Hence we do believe with your prize, you will continue to be active in your patronage to Google and its Products. ABank Cheque will be issued in your favour, hence you have won for yourself the sum of £950.000.00 (Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great British Pounds Sterling), One Google Nexus 10 Tablet and also you have been enlisted as One of the Google ambassadors for 2016.
To claim your reward, please contact our Foreign Payment Bureau officer by neatly filling the mandatory payment requirements hereunder, as your payment will be released and arranged by our United Kingdom Office:
MANDATORY PAYMENT REQUIREMENTS.
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10)
Your Full Names: Your Contact Telephone/Mobile Number: Your Nationality/Country: Your Contact Address: Occupation: Age/Gender: Marital Status: Private Email Address: Ever Won An Online Lottery? How Do You Feel As A Winner?
Contact Person: Kent Walker Senior Vice-President and General Counsel Contact E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com
Note: You can either fill your claims form by printing and manually filling out the requested details or you can fill directly on E-mail, or provide the details on Microsoft Word separately.
NOTE!!! For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims are processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this Program by some unscrupulous elements. Please be WARNED! ! ! !
Congratulations from the staffs & members of Google board commission.
MD Matt Brittin, Chairman of the Board and Managing Director, Google United Kingdom
Office of. the. Director Google United Kingdom 1 6..../07/1.6
Sign ...: ................... • ..
Larry Page Co-Founder & CEO 07/16/16
©2016 Google Incorporation.
Remember, the email message is a lottery scam and there is no prize, so please do not send your hard earned money to the cyber-criminals behind the scam. If you send your personal information, the cyber criminals will use it to further scam you.
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