Debunking hoaxes and exposing scams since 2003!

Hoax-Slayer Logo

Lottery Scam - 'Google Plus 2014 Promotion'


Jump To: Example   Comments   References

Email Claims You Have Won £550,000

According to this email you have won £550,000 in the Google Plus 2014 Promotion. Information about the supposed win is contained in an attached Microsoft Word document signed off by 'Dr. Larry Page' of Google.

The document explains that Google has decided that it is 'imperative to give back to our customers across the globe' and have therefore arranged the promotion. Supposedly, you were chosen as one of ten lucky winners because you have 'used the Google services at one time or the other within the last 10 Years'.

You are instructed to contact the 'Reward Co-Ordinator' with your personal details to arrange payment of your prize.

There is no Prize - Email is an Advance Fee Scam

But, alas, you have won nary a penny. There is no prize and the message is not from Google.  The message is an advance fee scam.

If you do contact the 'Reward Co-Ordinator', you will soon be asked to send various upfront fees, ostensibly to allow your claim to be processed. You may also be asked to send a large amount of personal and financial information.

Requests for imaginary fees will continue until you run out of funds to send or realize that you are being scammed. And, the criminals will pocket all of the money you send and you are quite unlikely to see any of it again.

And, armed with the personal information they have collected, the criminals may be able to steal your identity.

Advance fee lottery scams like this one are very common. Don't be fooled! Any unsolicited message that claims that you have won a large prize in a promotion that you have never entered is likely to be a scam.  Real lotteries and promotions do not operate in such a manner. And, real lotteries and promotions will not expect winners to pay upfront fees before they can collect their prize.


   





related Links
What's New   Top Ten   Special Features   Subscribe


Example

Subject: Reward

Dear Google User,
Congratulations, see attached document for details.
Regards,
Eric E. Schmidt

(Contents of attachment)

GOOGLE PLUS 2014 PROMOTION

Dear Esteemed User.
GOOGLE PLUS 2014 PROMOTION
On behalf of Google Inc. we are delighted to have you as one of our users up to this time, Google is delighted to put a smile on the faces of our numerous customers, hence the Google Plus 2014 Promotion was conducted and this is first of its kind and this is  part of our Social Responsibility to our Customers and users of our ancillary services, we found it imperative to give back to our customers across the globe, and to plead for your continuous loyalty to the Google Brand.
In view of this we decided to organize the Google Plus 2014 Promotion and the sole reason for this is to reward our numerous users/customers/clients who in one way or the other who have contributed to our great success and achievement and had dealings with Google Services, Search Engine, Gmail, YouTube, Translator, Google Map, Google Earth, Ad Sense  and also to propagate the use of Google+ and the acceptance of the Google Android Applications and Google Play.
We  decided to come up with this promotion to show our appreciation and also pray your continual usage of our services. In view of this the GOOGLE PLUS 2014 PROMOTION was organized which is first of its kind to encourage our users and also introduce our latest Google Tablet (Google Nexus 10), we uphold the interest of our users and customers and are always committed to give them the best.
We are pleased to congratulate you for emerging as one of our lucky winners in the ongoing GOOGLE PLUS 2014 PROMOTION for your continual usage of our services, hence you are among one of the winners in the Batch A listing. As we believe that with your prize, you will continue to be active in your patronage and loyalty to Google as a total of 10 Winners emerged worldwide, drawn from different continents of the world. Your eligibility for this reward was due to the fact that you have used the Google services at one time or the other within the last 10 Years.
A Bank Cheque have been issued in your favor, hence you have won for yourself the sum of £550.000.00 (Five Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great British Pounds Sterling), One Google Nexus 10 Tablet and also you have been enlisted as One of the Google Ambassadors for 2014.
We are aware of the continual rampant abuse of Google as a company and other multi-national companies  and we are assuring all our users/clients and Winners that we are working on this, as Google does not run a lottery.Hence all information with regards the Promotion will be treated with utmost confidentiality.
You will be requred to contact our Reward  Co-Ordinator Dr. Michael Christopher by neatly filling the verification and funds release requirement  below, as your payment will be released and arranged by our United Kingdom Office;
CLAIMS VERIFICATION FORM
➢         First Name:
➢         Last Name:
➢         Residential Address:
➢         Telephone/ Mobile:
➢         Nationality/Country:
➢         Date Of Birth (dd/mm/yy):
➢         Sex:
➢         Occupation:
➢         Alternate Email(Optional):

To File For Your Claim, Please Contact Our,REWARD  CO-ORDINATOR
Dr. Michael Christopher
E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone : +44 758 604 3079

Note: You can either fill your claims verification form by printing and manually filling out the requested details or you can fill directly on e-mail, or provide the details on Microsoft Word. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information’s confidential till your claims have been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program.
Congratulations from the Staff & Members of Google Incorporated.
Regards,

Dr. Larry Page.
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer,
Google Inc.



Lottery

Last updated: December 12, 2014
First published: December 12, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
About Hoax-Slayer

References
Advance Fee Lottery Scams - International Lottery Scam Information