Reports are coming in from disappointed people who were told they had won a prize in a Google lottery. The email they received wasn’t sent by the internet giant; it was the work of scammers committing lottery fraud.
Two types of email messages are currently in circulation, claiming that recipients are the lucky winners of a lottery prize. One is about the Google Customers and Users Award 2015, the other is from Electronic Online Sweepstakes.
The scammers seek to persuade unsuspecting recipients to part with personal information like bank account details. They can 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. – 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’.
Click here for more information about lottery scams. The page features a list of dubious lotteries.
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.