Scammers are again trying to make people happy with a lottery prize. This time they have hijacked the names of Microsoft and Google.
A lottery scam or sweepstake scam is a type of advance-fee fraud which begins with an unexpected email notification or telephone call promising a large sum of money in a lottery.
“This is to inform you that your email has been choosing as part of the winners in the Google search engine and Microsoft lotto promotion,” reads the latest such message. Recipients are asked to open a file attachment which explains how they can claim the prize.
The procedure includes filling out a form. Don’t disclose your personal details . Criminals may use this information to commit identity fraud.
This is a case of lottery fraud. Don’t disclose your personal data. Criminals may use this 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. They 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’.
More information on lottery fraud and a list of lottery names used in earlier scams can be found here.
If you receive the email described here or a similar fraudulent message, please send it to us at email@example.com and then delete it.
Here is an example: