How many times have you been the lucky winner of a Gmail lottery lately? In recent weeks, we’ve published quite a few warnings about Gmail or Google lotteries. Now scammers have hijacked the names of Microsoft, Visa and Facebook.
Again, our advice is to ignore thise emails. If you don’t, you’re likely to fall into the trap set by scammers whose sole purpose is to get hold of your personal details. They can use the information to commit identity fraud.
Criminals often ask for an advance payment – to cover what they variously describe as taxes, legal fees, bank fees, etc. – and say they will pay out the winnings once that payment has been made. People who comply with this request lose their money and never see any kind of ‘prize’. This practice is known as advance-fee fraud.
If you receive one of these e-mails (see examples below) or similar fraudulent message, please send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and then delete it.