"Apple 2018 10th Anniversary Charity Gift Promotions" Lottery Scam

There is no "Apple 2018 10th Anniversary Charity Gift Promotions" that is giving away thousands or millions of dollars. Therefore, the email message below, which claims that the recipients are lottery winners in the same so-called lottery or promotion, is a scam. The email message was NOT sent by Apple, but by cyber-criminals/scammers who are attempting to trick their potential victims into sending them money or personal information in order to collect their so-called lottery prize. Remember, never send your information or send money to anyone who claims that you have won the lottery. Legitimate lottery companies will never ask their winners to send money or send their personal information via email or text message.

Apple 2018 10th Anniversary Charity Gift Promotions Lottery Scam

The "Apple 2018 10th Anniversary Charity Gift Promotions" Lottery Scam

Apple 10Th Anniversary Gift Promotions

From: "© 2018 Copyright, Apple Inc." <usapp08@gmail.com>

Date: 21-Feb-2018 9:55 pm

Subject: Apple Inc. Congratulations..! Your Parcel has been dispatched for delivery to you on 23/02/2018. Kindly Download the attached PDF file and read for details

Attachment: Apple Inc. Payment delivery details.pdf




Financial Empowerment Centre.

Award Authorization & Evaluation Division,

1 Infinite Loop,


CA 95014,

United States of America (USA).

Congratulations.! Dear,

Apple Inc. wishes to congratulate you over the Sms you have received that your Mobile Number had won you the sum of Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000.00 USD) which may amount to about Three Crore Sixty Eight Lakhs Rupees (Rs. 32,200,000.00 INR) in India rupee equivalent and One (1) iPhone-8Plus in this YEAR 2018 10TH ANNIVERSARY CHARITY GIFT PROMOTIONS organized by the above Apple Inc. Financial Empowerment Centre held here in United States of America.

Your Parcel has been dispatched through our affiliate Diplomatic Courier company. We have attached in this email a PDF letter. You are directed to download and read carefully the message in the attached PDF letter from Apple Inc. Financial Empowerment Centre.

Outlined in the message is the required details regarding the award program and the release/payment of winning prize money instructions to you.

Let it be known to you that as per the current Demonetization Policy in your country, your parcel requires Excise and Customs Legal Clearance/ endorsement approval at the airport of entry before your delivery agent can be allowed to proceed with the delivery of your package.

Our delivery diplomatic agent will arrive India on (Friday 23rd February, 2018) by 9.00am India time and he will contact you and explain the registration formalities to you.

You are kindly advised to follow his instruction and cooperate with him by remitting the require registration fee to him to finalize your delivery.

Please download the attachment and read the letter.

Congratulations once again on behalf of Apple Inc. Financial Empowerment Centre and we wish you all the best as you receive this venerable award.

Please do regularly check your mail as we update you when to receive your winning prize.

Best Regards,

Dr. Steve Dowling

The Claims Director/Event Manager.

Apple Inc.

Financial Empowerment Centre

Tell: +1-518-659-7378

© 2018 Copyright, Apple Inc. All rights reserved.®

Recipients of the lottery scam email message should delete it, and recipients who have already sent their information should be careful next time because the cyber-criminals will use that information in an attempt to scam them. Once cyber-criminals or scammers have received their potential victims’ information, they will continue to call or send them messages, in an attempt to scam them.

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November 28, 2019 at 6:00 AM by
"Apple 2018 10th Anniversary Charity Gift Promotions" Lottery Scam
an anonymous user from: Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

I have received some files from Dr. Rowling.

And he messeged me that I won 500000 dollars and iphone 11 max pro.

But I am not fool. So a women called me and ask me sir where you want to recieve your parcel, I just said send me on my giving address and after that she said okk.

So now what will I do tell me I am confused that how can I won crore rupees so easily is there any possibility regarding this.

So please tell me about this and I never shared my personal details. Except phone number age and address nothing else like banking informartion.

Tell me what will I do


November 28, 2019 at 6:03 AM by
"Apple 2018 10th Anniversary Charity Gift Promotions" Lottery Scam

Do nothing, it is a scam. Ignore them and do not send any information or money.


October 31, 2019 at 6:37 AM by
"Apple 2018 10th Anniversary Charity Gift Promotions" Lottery Scam
an anonymous user from: Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India


Is it ok, I have received a letter for my winning prize, it is the parcel Ref. No.


October 31, 2019 at 6:39 AM by
"Apple 2018 10th Anniversary Charity Gift Promotions" Lottery Scam

It is a scam or fake sent by thieves, so do not be fooled.


June 2, 2019 at 12:41 AM by
"Apple 2018 10th Anniversary Charity Gift Promotions" Lottery Scam
an anonymous user from: Gurgaon, Haryana, India

Got a scam email from apple828@gmail.com


January 9, 2019 at 1:37 AM by
"Apple 2018 10th Anniversary Charity Gift Promotions" Lottery Scam
an anonymous user from: Delhi, India

Some one sent me this message to my number:


Then I send my all details to this email address, now what I do?


January 9, 2019 at 7:14 AM by
"Apple 2018 10th Anniversary Charity Gift Promotions" Lottery Scam

Just be careful going forward because the scammers will contact you and attempt to scam you.


January 3, 2019 at 11:30 PM by
"Apple 2018 10th Anniversary Charity Gift Promotions" Lottery Scam
an anonymous user from: Nashik, Maharashtra, India

Someone is sending me mails on the name of apple iphone that I have won 2 crores and asking for claim..please tell me how should I get rid of?


January 4, 2019 at 6:36 AM by
"Apple 2018 10th Anniversary Charity Gift Promotions" Lottery Scam

Flag the email as spam so they are automatically sent to your Junk folder.


November 26, 2018 at 9:13 AM by
"Apple 2018 10th Anniversary Charity Gift Promotions" Lottery Scam

Received via email:

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