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Scammers send winning prize notification

Have you received an email with the subject line ‘Winning prize notification’? Don’t let this fool you. You haven’t won anything, and if you reply to this message, your personal details may fall into the hands of criminals. This is a case of lottery fraud, a type of advance-fee fraud.

Attached file
The message, supposedly sent by a certain Don Miguel Pablo Gregorio, tells the recipient to open a file attachment. It asks for personal details in order to claim the Euromillones cash prize. Don’t disclose your personal particulars, scammers may use them to commit identity fraud.

  • #Don Miguel Pablo Gregorio
  • #Euromillones
  • #fake lotteries
  • #lottery scam
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Google lottery dreamt up by scammers

Fraud Help Desk is receiving reports about a fraudulent email pretending to be from Google. The message doesn’t originate from the internet giant; it’s the work of scammers trying to make some money. They claim that recipients are the lucky winners of a cash prize. This, however, is a typical case of lottery fraud.

Details
The email contains an attachment which asks you for your personal details. Disclosing this information may compromise your identity and make you vulnerable to identity theft.

Advance payment
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’.

  • #Google lottery
  • #lottery scams
  • #sweepstake fraud
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Bill Gates Foundation lottery is fake

The Microsoft brand name pops up again in the subject line of a lottery email supposedly sent by the Bill Gates Foundation. It’s obviously the work of scammers committing lottery fraud, a type of advance-fee fraud. This involves random people receiving an email or letter informing them that they are the lucky winners of an international lottery or online sweepstake.

Details

For delivery of the prize, recipients need to fill out a form with their personal details, including name, telephone number and email address. Don’t provide these details. These scammers may use the information to commit identity fraud.

  • #Bill Gates Foundation lottery
  • #lottery scams
  • #Microsoft
  • #sweepstake fraud
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Scammers congratulate Google users

Are you one of those lucky winners of the E-mail electronic online sweepstake for using Google services? Stop dreaming about spending the prize money, because the email you’ve received is the work of scammers. The practice is called lottery fraud, a type of advance-fee fraud.

If you receive the email described here (see example below) or similar fraudulent message, please send it to us at valse-email@fraudehelpdesk.nl and then delete it.

  • #E-mail electronic online sweepstake
  • #email fraud
  • #fake sweepstakes
  • #Google lottery
  • #online lottery
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‘Microsoft lottery’ dreamt up by scammers

Scammers are once again promising big cash prizes, this time as part of Scammers are once again promising big cash prizes, this time as part of the “Microsoft Internet E-mail lottery Awards”.

For delivery of your prize, the recipients are told to fill out a form with their personal details, including name, telephone number and email address. Do not reveal this kind of information; it could be used for identity fraud.

  • #“Microsoft Internet E-mail lottery Awards
  • #fake lotteries
  • #Microsoft Lottery
  • #online fraud
  • #sweepstake scams
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You’ve won a Bono Lotto scam! Aren’t you lucky?

If you believe that your email address has been selected for a major cash prize in the Interlotto Euromillion Bono Lotto Program, then please think again. Because this is a lottery scam, a type of advance-fee fraud.

  • #advance-fee fraud
  • #fake lotteries
  • #Interlotto Euromillion Bono Lotto Program
  • #lottery scams
  • #sweepstake scams
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