‘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.
(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.
Co-founder of Googleâ„¢
Google winning notification email
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.
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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:
- “fiduciary agent” (real lotteries do not use a “claim agent” / “fiduciary agent”)
- “you are advice to ” (this email uses bad English)
- “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. )
- “and cash it” (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:
- They don’t notify winners by email.
- You can’t win without first buying a lottery ticket.
- They don’t randomly select email addresses to award prizes to.
- They don’t use free email accounts (Yahoo, Hotmail, etc) to communicate with you.
- They don’t tell you to call a mobile phone number.
- They don’t tell you to keep your winnings secret.
- They will never ask a winner to pay any fees to receive a prize!
- 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.
- [email protected] ( email address has been used in a known fraud before )
Fraud email example:
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From: “Google Promotion Award” (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2018 19:34:14 -0700
Subject: GOOGLE Winning Notification .