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Don’t fall for Free Lottery Gmail Promotions

Have you received an email message from ‘Gmail’ because your email address has been selected to win a prize? Be aware that Google never sent this Free Lottery Gmail Promotions message ; it’s the work of cyber criminals.

The practice is known as lottery fraud and involves scammers trying to persuade recipients to disclose personal information. The fraudsters may use the data to commit identity fraud.

Up-front payment
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 type of scam is a variant of the so-called Nigerian fraud which involves unsolicited messages demanding up-front payments. The scammers may use names or other data from an authentic lottery, but they often think up names themselves.

  • #advance-fee fraud
  • #fraud
  • #Free Lottery Gmail Promotions
  • #Google lottery
  • #lottery scams
  • #sweepstakes
Example
Microsoft doesn’t give out prizes

An email supposedly from Microsoft is doing the rounds claiming that the recipient has won a prize in the E-mail electronic online sweepstakes 2014/1015. If you reply, you’ll start communicating with scammers.

  • #advance-fee fraud
  • #E-mail electronic online sweepstakes 2014/1015
  • #fraud
  • #lottery scams
  • #Microsoft
  • #sweepstake fraud
Example
No prizes in Online Christmas Lottery

Have you won a prize in the ‘‘online kerstmis loterij” (Online Christmas Lottery) even if you haven’t even bought a ticket? Think twice, because you’re dealing with lottery fraud, a type of advance-fee fraud. Don’t respond to any message of this kind.

The winners receive an email with the subject ‘WINNEN VAN DE TOEKENNING LOTERIJ 2014/2015′. If you happen to spot such an email in your inbox, delete it immediately. You won’t get a prize; the scammers are just after your personal details, which they will happily use to commit identity fraud.

  • #advance-fee fraud
  • #fraud
  • #lottery scams
  • #Online Christmas Lottery
  • #Online Kerstmis Loterij
Example
Brazil World Cup inspires lottery scams

Ten cell-phone owners have become the lucky winners of a World Cup-related lottery. They’ve won big, big money. In their dreams, that is because this is the latest in a series of lottery and sweepstakes scams inspired by the World Cup football.

  • #Brazil
  • #football
  • #fraud
  • #lottery scams
  • #sweepstake scams
  • #World Cup
Example
There’s no such thing as a facebook lottery

Not only phishing emails vary greatly in layout and style, emails about lotteries too look very different every time. Some may contain an abundance of logos, others look simple and straightforward.

The latest such email belongs to the latter category. It pretends to be from Facebook, from “the 2014 Facebook Live Raffle Promo” to be precise. Needless to say, the lottery is fake. It’s a scheme devised by scammers to trick you out of your money.

  • #banking fraud
  • #facebook
  • #fake websites
  • #lottery
  • #phishing
  • #scams
  • #sweepstakes
Example
Name BankGiro Loterij hijacked in lottery fraud

The BankGiro Loterij has been used by fraudsters who try to cheat people out of their money through lottery fraud. To make it look credible, the email message has a distinct logo at the top.

  • #BankGiro Loterij
  • #fraud
  • #lottery scams
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