Sunday, March 28, 2010

Google Lottery Scam!

Have you received this kind of scam below? They are obviously stealing your identity:


    





Stamford New Road,
Altrincham Cheshire,
WA14 1EP
London,
United Kingdom.
GOOGLE AWARDS.

 We wish to congratulate you once again on this note, for being part of our winners
selected this year. This promotion was set-up to encourage the active users of the
Google search engine and the Google ancillary services.
  Hence we do believe with your winning prize, you will continue to be active and
patronage to the Google search engine. Google is now the biggest search engine
worldwide and in an effort to make sure that it remains the most widely used search
engine, we ran an online e-mail beta test which your email address won £450,000.00.
We wish to formally announce to you that you have successfully passed the
requirements, statutory obligations, verifications, validations and satisfactory report
Test conducted for all online winners.
You are advised to contact your Foreign Transfer Manager with the following
details to avoid unnecessary delay and complications:
      VERIFICATION AND FUNDS RELEASE FORM.
(1) Your contact address.
(2) Your Tel/Fax numbers.
(3) Your Nationality/Country.
(4) Your Full Name.
(5) Occupation/Age.
(6) Your Preferred Method of Receiving Your Prize (Bank Transfer)
Doctor Frank Smith
Email  frank.smith@ciudad.com.ar       Tell:  +447024044903

   The Google Promotion Award Team has discovered a huge number of double
Claims due to winners informing close friends relatives and third parties
about their winning and also sharing their pin numbers. As a result of this,
these friends try to claim the lottery on behalf of the real winners. The
Google Promotion Award Team has reached a decision from headquarters that
any double claim discovered by the Lottery Board will result to the
canceling of that particular winning, making a loss for both the double
claimer and the real winner, as it is taken that the real winner was the
informer to the double claimer about the lottery. So you are hereby strongly
advised once more to keep your winnings strictly confidential until you
claim your prize.
Yours Sincerely,
Dr. Frank Smith.
©2010 Google Corporations


To learn more about this make a research or check the link below:
http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Web+Search/thread?tid=20936ee9483cbebd&fid=20936ee9483cbebd00047e53015e6052&hl=en

It looks like authentic and they are using the Google domain name. How this thing happened? Why they do not want others to get informed when you received the notification?

3 comments:

Scotty said...

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Matt said...

Interesting! Looks like a clever variation of a Nigerian 419 scam. The +44 of the phone number directs the call to the UK.

-TeleSign Matt
http://www.TeleSign.com

Identity Theft Resource Center said...

Thank you for spreading awareness about this issue. We have some information that may be able to help as well at www.idtheftcenter.org We are a non-profit that offers free support to victims or potential victims of identity theft.