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‘Google Anniversary’ Advance Fee Scam Email

According to this email, which is supposedly a Google Anniversary Winning Notification, you have won £950,000 in the Google Promotion for 2018.

The email urges you to contact your “Foreign Transfer Manager” to arrange the release of your prize money.

However, the email is an advance fee scam designed to trick you into sending your money and personal details to criminals. It is not from Google and there is no prize money. In fact, you have won nothing at all.

If you fall for the ruse and contact the “Foreign Transfer Manager” as instructed, you will soon be asked to send money to cover various fees supposedly associated with the processing of your prize claim. Like the prize itself, these fees are imaginary. If you do send money, you will likely be told that you must now send even more money to pay more fictional costs. These requests for money will likely continue until you run out of funds and finally realize that you are being scammed.

At that point, the criminals will simply disappear with your money and you will no longer be able to contact them. And, alas, it is highly unlikely that you will ever get any of your money back. Nor, of course, will you ever get the promised prize money, which never existed in the first place.

Moreover, during the course of the scam, the criminal may have managed to trick you into supplying a large amount of your personal and financial information, ostensibly to allow transfer of your funds and validate your claim. They may later use this information to steal your identity.

Versions of these Google Anniversary lottery scam emails are distributed just about every year. And, advance fee scammers use many other cover stories and pretend to be associated with many other high-profile companies.

Be wary of any message that claims that you have won a large sum of money in a lottery or promotion that you never entered and know nothing about.

Read more about Advance Fee Lottery Scams

An example of the scam email:

A winning check will be issued in your name by Google Promotion Award;
for the sum of Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great British Pounds
Sterling ( £950,000.00) and also a certificate of prize claims will be
sent alongside your winning check cashable at any bank.

You are advised to contact your Foreign Transfer Manager with the
following details to avoid unnecessary delay and complications:

VERIFICATION AND FUNDS RELEASE FORM

(1) Your Contact Address/Private Email Address.
(2) Your Tel/Fax Numbers.
(3) Your Nationality/Country.
(4) Your Full Name.
(5) Occupation/Company.
(6) Age/Gender.
(7) Ever Won An Online Lottery?

Paul Buchheit (Program Coordinator)

Mode of Price Remittance

*Cash Pick-Up (You as the Beneficiary coming down to the United
Kingdom to receive your Award Personally).

*Courier Delivery of your Certified Winning Cheque in your Name and
other Winning Documents safely to you.

The Google Promotion Award Team has discovered a huge number of double
claims due to winners informing close friends relatives and third
parties about their winning and also sharing their pin numbers. As a
result of this, these friends try to claim the lottery on behalf of
the real winners.
The Google Promotion Award Team has reached a decision from its
headquarters that any double claim discovered by the Lottery Board
will result to the canceling of that particular winning, leading to a
loss for both the double claimer and the real winner, as it is taken
that the real winner was the informer to the double claimer about the
lottery. So you are hereby strongly advised once more to keep your
winnings strictly confidential until you claim your prize.

Congratulations from the Staffs & Members of the Google interactive
Lotteries Board Commission.

Lawrence Page
Co-founder of Googleâ„¢

‘Google Anniversary’ Advance Fee Scam Email According to this email, which is supposedly a Google Anniversary Winning Notification, you have won £950,000 in the Google Promotion for 2018. The

Google anniversary winning notification

  • Spam archive, Daily index
  • The so-called “419” scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

    Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

    Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
    The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
    Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

    Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

    Click here to report a problem with this page.

    Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

    • An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
    • This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
    • The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
      • “cheque ” (Beware of any scheme that involves cashing checks or money orders and then wiring a portion of the funds somewhere – you’ll be liable for the entire amount if the checks or money orders turn out to be fake, even after you have received and forwarded cash. If it’s a lottery prize, remember that real lotteries do not pay large prizes by check. They wire the money directly to your bank account and you do not pay for that. Many scammers promise a large check only in order to then demand payment of courier fees for a fake courier service. )
    • This email message is a fake lottery scam. Consider the following facts about real lotteries:
      1. They don’t notify winners by email.
      2. You can’t win without first buying a lottery ticket.
      3. They don’t randomly select email addresses to award prizes to.
      4. They don’t use free email accounts (Yahoo, Hotmail, etc) to communicate with you.
      5. They don’t tell you to call a mobile phone number.
      6. They don’t tell you to keep your winnings secret.
      7. They will never ask a winner to pay any fees to receive a prize!
    • This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
      • +4407043073105
    • This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.

    Fraud email example:

    From: “Google Inc™” (may be fake)
    Reply-To:
    Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 21:46:54 +0300
    Subject: GOOGLE ANNIVERSARY WINNING NOTIFICATION.

    Belgrave House
    76 Buckingham Palace Road
    London SW1W 9TQ,
    United Kingdom.

    GOOGLE ANNIVERSARY WINNING NOTIFICATION.

    We wish to congratulate you over your success in the official publication of results of the E-mail electronic online
    sweepstake organized by Google, in conjunction with the Foundation for the Promotion of Software Products (F.P.S.P)
    and confirmed by our co-sponsors Visa®/MasterCard® International. Google earns its profit mainly from advertising
    using their very own Gmail, Gala, Sify e-mail services, Google Maps, Google Apps, Orkut social networking, You Tube
    video sharing, Google search engine and the Google ancillary services which are all offered to the public for free.
    This is to inform you that you are among the Ten (10) lucky winners of Category A. Hence we do believe with your
    winning prize, you will continue to be active to the Google search engine/ancillary services. Google is now the biggest
    search engine worldwide and in an effort to make sure that it remains the most widely used search engine, we ran an
    on-line e-mail beta test which your email address won ?950,000.00.

    A winning cheque will be issued in your name by Google Promotion Award; for the sum of Nine Hundred and Fifty
    Thousand Great British Pounds Sterling (?950,000.00) and also a certificate of prize claims will be sent alongside your
    winning cheque cashable at any bank.

    You are advised to contact the assigned Google Program Administrator/Coordinator with the following details:
    VERIFICATION AND FUNDS RELEASE FORM
    (1) Your Contact Address/Private Email Address
    (2) Your Tel/Fax Numbers
    (3) Your Nationality/Country
    (4) Your Full Name
    (5) Occupation/Age

    Mr.Larry Smith – Google Senior Fellow (Program Administrator/Coordinator)
    Email: [email protected]
    Fax: +44 (0) 704-307-3105

    Google values your right to privacy! Your information is 100% secured and will be used exclusively for the purpose of this
    award only.

    The Google Promotion Award Team has discovered a huge number of double claims due to winners informing close
    friends relatives and third parties about their winning and also sharing their pin numbers. As a result of this, these friends
    try to claim the lottery on behalf of the real winners. The Google Promotion Award Team has reached a decision from
    its headquarters that any double claim discovered by the Lottery Board will result to the canceling of that particular
    winning, leading to a loss for both the double claimer and the real winner, as it is taken that the real winner was the
    informer to the double claimer about the lottery. So you are hereby strongly advised once more to keep your winnings
    strictly confidential until you claim your prize.

    Congratulations from the Staffs & Members of the Google interactive Lotteries Board Commission.
    Yours faithfully,
    Lawrence “Larry” Page – Co-founder and CEO of Google Inc™

    Google anniversary winning notification Spam archive, Daily index The so-called “419” scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa.