"LinkedIn Easter Promo 2018" Lottory Scam

The "LinkedIn Easter Promo 2018" email message below, which claims that the recipients are lottery winners of a LinkedIn lottery, is a lottery scam. There is no such lottery. Every month, thousands of those email messages are sent out by lottery scammers to trick their potential victims into sending them their personal information and money, to collect so-called lottery prizes. Also, never respond to an email message that claims that you are a lottery winner with your personal or financial information. Legitimate lottery companies do not request personal or financial information via an email message, and will never ask winners to send money or financial information in order to collect their prizes.

LinkedIn Easter Promo 2018 Lottory Scam

The "LinkedIn Easter Promo 2018" Lottery Scam

Your name was selected among the seventeen winners on LinkedIn Easter Promo 2018. Therefore you have been awarded the sum of $100.000.00 (Hundred Thousand Dollars). This program was organized by Microsoft, for the encouragement of subscriber that is active online on LinkedIn professional Network.

Your Cheque will be send to you as soon as we receive the below listed information's.

(1) Your Full Name

(2) Your home address

(3) Phone Number

As soon as we receive the above listed information, your cheque will be send to you via DHL, FedEx or UPS delivery service and you will receive within 3-5 working days.

We advise you to keep this award notice confidential to avoid double claim or unwarranted taking advantage of this program by unscrupulous individuals.

LinkedIn Safety Operations Support Specialist

1000 Avenue West Maude,

Sunnyvale, CA 94085, USA

URL: https://www.linkedin.com

Tel: +1(209)3489533

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August 19, 2018 at 4:58 PM by
"LinkedIn Easter Promo 2018" Lottory Scam

Received via email:

"Hi Joey,

LinkedIn Safety Operations Support Specialist,


01.08.2018, I got an e-mail signed by Donald Graham (LinkedIn Foreign Service Director). That e-mail informed me that I have been selected among the seventeen laureates on LinkedIn Promo 2018. According to that mail, "This program was organized by Mr. Satya Nadella, (CEO) Microsoft / LinkedIn for the encouragement of users who are active on LinkedIn's professional network. ". The attached document sent to me at that


I sent my home address, phone number, my LinkedIn Username and password to d.graham@usa.com and cs-support@pm-linkedin.com (LinkedIn Coorperation) e-mail addresses. I think that there is a relation between this situation and my LinkedIn account has been logged in from an unusual territory. In the following days, my LinkedIn account restricted and opened again with LinkedIn Company's help.

After that situation, I researched and I found the 'Beware of "LinkedIn Easter Promo 2018" Lottory Scam' artcile at this article.

[8] URL address. And I understood that I am in a bad situation. In the comments to this article, there is the same e-mail that sent to me with it's attachments.

Are you aware of this situation? If you have knowledge, what has done about it? If you give information to me about this situation, I would be very happy.

I send this e-mail to Mr. Satya

Nadella as CC. Because his name is mentioned at the e-mail that sent to


Also, I send this e-mail to "onlinethreatalerts". Because they asked the information about this kind of situations.

I would like your information.

Best regards,



August 2, 2018 at 2:46 AM by
"LinkedIn Easter Promo 2018" Lottory Scam

Here is another scam:

"From: LinkedIn Corporation <linkedin_corporations@linkedin.com>

Sent: Sunday, 29 July 2018 6:41 AM

Subject: Winner of the LinkedIn/Ref- Award: MSFT / LDN: 5728819/11

Attn: Ref-: MSFT / LDN: 5728819/11,

We are happy to inform you that your name has been selected among the seventeen laureates on LinkedIn Promo 2018, because of your dynamism on the linkedIn professional network,

You will receive the sum of $ 615,810.00 (Six hundred fifteen thousand eight hundred and ten US dollars).

This program was organized by Mr. Satya Nadella, (CEO) Microsoft / LinkedIn for the encouragement of users who are active on LinkedIn's professional network.

All participants were selected through the LinkedIn LinkedIn database's Electronic Polling System (EBS) of more than 227 million active users per month in more than 200 countries on all continents.

For claims, you must send us reply of the details below directly to our LinkedIn's Audit Department

For details, contact the Foreign Service Manager,

Mr. Donald Graham, Tel: 1 (442) 255-2335

(1) Your full name

(2) Your home address

(3) Phone number

after the confirmation of your personal data, your payment will be processed by the linkedin audit service within 24 hours, since you are not resident in the united states, we will send your check by DHL or other express delivery service available, after sending, we will give you a tracking number, this will allow you to monitor the exact location of your check during the delivery process.

Note: Your check is valid and can be cashed in any bank of your choice without any difficulty

For security reasons, we advise all winners to keep this information out of the public until your claim is processed and your prize is awarded. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claims and unjustified use of this program by non-participating or non-official staff.

LinkedIn Corporation

1000 Avenue West Maude,

Sunnyvale, CA 94085, USA

Thank you for using LinkedIn Professional Network Login for Opportunities"


July 6, 2018 at 6:11 AM by
"LinkedIn Easter Promo 2018" Lottory Scam
an anonymous user from: Belcourt, Algiers, Algeria


This email is still in use usa@1stdeliveryltd.com


June 24, 2018 at 4:16 AM by
"LinkedIn Easter Promo 2018" Lottory Scam
an anonymous user from: Bordj el Kiffan, Algiers, Algeria

I received a message from LinkedIn corporation that I had a check for $ 500,000 and that it sent to Algeria


July 1, 2018 at 4:02 AM by
"LinkedIn Easter Promo 2018" Lottory Scam
an anonymous user from: Belcourt, Algiers, Algeria

got the same here


June 22, 2018 at 7:41 AM by
"LinkedIn Easter Promo 2018" Lottory Scam
an anonymous user from: Oran, Algeria

Here is another scam:

"Good news, cecI to inform you that your check arrived in Algeria, please follow the instructions of the delivery service, pay your customs clearance fees to allow you to receive your check today.

For more details, please contact moI directly by WhatsApp number 1 (929) 2757706

Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 11:29 am

From: "Ritz Fernandez" <admin@bhlogis.com>

Subject: Your check arrived in Algeria

Dear Customer,

Your check arrived at the designated country in Algeria (Houari Boumediene Airport).

According to our regional agent in the Maghreb, the customs clearance fee of your check was $ 550 equivalent to 64,100 dinars (Sixty-four thousand one hundred Algerian dinars)

Pay at the post office via CCP on behalf of the Beverly Hill regional mail agent in the Maghreb

DjaouI Mohamed Chakib

0020485075 Key 10

Send a scanned copy of the receipt to admin@bhlogis.com and LinkedIn Corporation for reference.



June 9, 2018 at 3:51 PM by
"LinkedIn Easter Promo 2018" Lottory Scam
an anonymous user from: Rabat, Rabat - Sale - Kenitra, Morocco

I even received a copy of the check in my name from Bank of America

I wanted to follow the scammers to the end, when I want to know the identity of the collector who will touch the money, they dribble me.


June 8, 2018 at 5:01 PM by
"LinkedIn Easter Promo 2018" Lottory Scam
an anonymous user from: Tunis, Tunis, Tunisia

Here is another scam:

"Attn: Ref-: MSFT / LDN: 5728819/28,

We have received a complaint from Beverly Hill Logistics regarding your inability to pay customs clearance fees in your country,

After our brief meeting this morning, management decided to pay half of the clearance fee on your behalf; you are only required to pay a small amount of $ 275 Equivalent to 705 DT

Seven hundred and five Tunisian dinars.

We helped you get your check delivered and also released the agent who has been in your country since yesterday.

As soon as you receive this message, you must respond immediately by transferring $ 275 equivalent to 705 DT through any available post office via the warrant minute.

Please use this name for payment:


After the payment, send the receipt directly to Beverly Hill Director Mr. Fernandez via Viber: 1 (209) 2482488, Email: admin@bhlogis.com

Please inform me after payment.

This is the confirmation ..."


July 3, 2018 at 5:28 AM by
"LinkedIn Easter Promo 2018" Lottory Scam
an anonymous user from: Tunis, Tunis, Tunisia

They sent me this after sending personal informations:

"Votre chèque est arrivé dans votre pays.

L'autorité tunisienne demande la somme de 1 450 dinars tunisienne (mille quatre cent cinquante) pour le dédouanement et vous délivrera une lettre de déclaration de fonds pour montrer que l'autorité tunisienne a autorisé l'utilisation de votre fonds en Tunisie.

Veuillez payer à l'agent (1st Delivery Service), il va compléter le processus et vous contacter pour la livraison à domicile de votre chèque aujourd'h*i

Payer par la poste au nom de l'agent via Mandat minute.


Envoyer une copie scanné du reçu à usa@1stdeliveryltd.com vous pouvez également m'envoyer une copie sur WhatsApp 1 (929) 275 7706 à des fins de référence

M. Donald Graham

LinkedIn Corporation

1000 Avenue West Maude,

Sunnyvale, CA 94085, USA"


June 7, 2018 at 11:29 AM by
"LinkedIn Easter Promo 2018" Lottory Scam
an anonymous user from: Rabat, Rabat - Sale - Kenitra, Morocco


Even though I sent personal information, I do not know the consequence of this action.


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"LinkedIn Easter Promo 2018" Lottory Scam