the "Google Awards 2018" Lottery Scam

The "Google Awards 2018" email message below is a lottery scam. The fake email message was created by lottery scammers to trick the recipients into sending their personal information and money, by claiming that they are winners of a so-called Google lottery. But, there is no Google award, lottery or sweepstakes, and Google will never ask you to send your personal information via an email message or send money in order to collect a prize.

the Google Awards 2018 Lottery Scam

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 "Google Awards 2018" Lottery Scam


Date: 27 May 2018 at 15:30:48 BST

Subject: RE

Your Email address has won GBP 3,000,000.00 Three Million Pounds from Google Award, View the attached winning notification and Contact :Mrs. Sharon Gelant Phone No +27-83-629-3606

Google Awards 2018

Dear Winner,

Congratulations!! We happily announce to you the draw of Google and Microsoft American multinational corporation in conjunction with Microsoft Windows online Sweepstakes promotion.

This is to inform you that this Email address has won prize money of (US$3,000,000.00)Three Million United States Dollars, We thank you for your patronage all past years by using the internet.

GO OGLE and MICROSOFT two major providers of internet products globally collect all email addresses of people active online, among millions that subscribed to few from other e-mail providers.

Winners shall be paid in accordance with his/her Settlement Center. Google and Microsoft Prize Award. 100 people are selected every quarter of the year to benefit from this promotion and you are one of the Selected Winners of first quarter of this year 2018. Stated below are your identification numbers: BATCH NUMBER: GOMC/08/SA93 EF NU/MBER: 201423452, WINNING NUMBER: 01 14 21 01 48

You are advised to contact our fiduciary agent and send your winning c numbers for your payment. ilt

Contact Appointed aaim Agent Name: Mrs.Sharon Gelant E-mail:

Telephone: +27-83-629-3606 Fax Number: +27-86-232-6692

1. Full Name 2. Contact Address 3. Telephone Number 4. Age 5. Gender 6. Country 7. Occupation 8. Batch Number 9. Reference Number 10.Winning Number

Do not reply back to the senders address or the source email address, it is sent via computer virtual assistance for response vAll not be read my H uman but computer Therefore you must contact the fiduciary agents by phone and email address provided above

Conri (c) 1999-2013 National Lottery International Promotion Inc All rifts reserved Terms of Service

There is no prize, so please do not send your hard earned money to the cybercriminals behind the lottery scam. If you send your personal information, these cybercriminals will use it to further scam you.

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January 11, 2021 at 5:10 PM by
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an anonymous user from: Ouachita, Monroe, Louisiana, United States

Thank you for letting me know that this is a scam


January 27, 2020 at 12:54 PM by
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an anonymous user from: Medford, Oregon, United States

I had received one today and it looked just like the first one on this web page. Thank you for confirming that this was a scam..


January 11, 2021 at 5:09 PM by
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an anonymous user from: Ouachita, Monroe, Louisiana, United States

Thank you for letting me know that this was a scam


July 4, 2019 at 3:20 PM by
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"From: "Richard Jolly" <>

Sent: Thu, Jun 27, 2019 at 1:09 AM

Subject: Details


Date: 27-06-2019

I received your mail, your Bach & reference numbers has been verified (congratulations) your (U$2, 000, 000, 00) has been approved for onward payment; our representative we meet with the bank to deposit your Google /Microsoft prize money (U$2, 000, 000, 00) into a Debit card or Check & send it to your home or office address, here are your reference USA/2019).

Please email us your full residential address where this package will be delivered to you via diplomatic courier post service, also email us your picture for appropriate recognition on delivery day by the courier service agent.

I will also obtain a letter of claim on your behalf from High court through my office; this will enable the bank to release your prize money as soon as possible since you’re not here in person.

But If you prefer to receive your prize money (U$2, 000, 000, 00) Direct in your Account please feel free to email us your full banking Details:

I look forward to your mail.


Mr. Richard Jolly (agent)



Direct Phone Numbers: 707-241-4467

RJ Representative Registered

No 33774."

Here is another scam.


September 30, 2018 at 9:41 PM by
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an anonymous user from: Rajshahi, Bangladesh

"from: 19th Awards <>


date: Oct 1, 2018, 2:33 AM

subject: You Are Eligible

Google 19th Anniversary Awards Centre,

1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, California, United States

Hello Google User

Dear Award winner

Award Reference code: GOOGLE568A2013

File number: G8744

This is to inform you that you have won yourself an Award of One Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($1,500,000) in the Google 19th Years Anniversary Awards as organized by the Anniversary Centre of Google Inc., held on 2nd June 2018 in Carlifornia, United States.

The Anniversary Centre of Google Inc as a part of their for-profit philanthropic wing selected your email id as of one its 20 chosen fortunate winner to receive this award.

Awards MUST be claimed by the email owner ONLY, not later than 30 days from the day of notification.

Send your complete personal information like your names, age and complete contact address with your Award Ref. and File no. to us to enable us process your Prize; Please provide your: Full names, Address, Passport or ID Card and Direct phone number to claim your winning prize.

NOTE: Do Not Reply If You Are Not The Owner Of This Email Address.

Google’s Chief Executive Officer: Mr. Astro Teller,

Mobile: 1 209 642 7340"

I think this type of email is big scam.


October 1, 2018 at 8:02 AM by
the "Google Awards 2018" Lottery Scam

Yes, it is a scam sent by thieves.


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the "Google Awards 2018" Lottery Scam