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Google Online Sweepstakes Promotion (a Laughable Scam)
Google Email Scam
I received a strange email today, claiming to be from Google, stating that I'd won a lot of money in a draw. It said I'd won "£500,000 GBP (Five Hundred Thousand British Pounds) in our online Give-away 1Oth Anniversary draws."
The email, copied and pasted in full below, is either from a moronic individual who believes that people will fall for his/her devious (lol) scam, or Google has employed a moron to run their prize draw. (I seriously doubt this.)
As far as I am aware, Google is not running a 10th anniversary prize draw, and if they were, I am sure that they would have advertised it and everyone on the Internet would have heard about it by now.
From start to finish, the email I received is a shambles, riddled with mistakes, and we could start a competition to see who could find the most of them. The winner gets that £500,000 Google prize money, when it comes. (You can tell I'm joking, right? See, you're no moron.)
Take a look below at the email. The first thing you will notice is that it is sent from a Hotmail account. Why oh why would Google email anyone from Hotmail when they have their very own Gmail hosting? I can't answer that question because I am not a moron.
Go ahead. See how many errors and stupid mistakes you can find.
The Stupid "Google" Email
date: Sat, Jun 7, 2008 at 4:42 PM
This E-mail is to inform you that you have emerged a winner of
£500, 000.00GBP (Five Hundred Thousand British Pounds) in our
online Give-away 1Oth Anniversary draws. GoogleUK has
successfully organized for the second time a Cash Give-Away
marking 2008 10th Anniversary in the UK. Over £20,000,000.00
(Twenty Million British pounds) is to be given out for this
Anniversary Draws. No purchases of tickets were required.
Participants for the draws were randomly selected from a world
wide range of web searchers who use the Google search engine
(Googler) and other Google ancillary services.
Google is now the biggest search engine worldwide and in an
effort to make sure that it remains the most widely used
search engine, Google is running an e-mail beta test. Your
email address was linked with our Computer Generated Profile
Numbers (CGPN) and attached to the following details: Ticket
number: 00869575733664 / Serial numbers: /BTD/8070447706/06 /
Lucky numbers: 12-12-23-35-40-41(12) / (CGPN) 7-22-71-00-66-12
was picked among our lucky winners to receive ?500, 000.00
British pounds. Winners were selected randomly through a
computer ballot system from worldwide users of the Google
YOUR WINNING DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOW:
Computer Generated Profile Numbers (CGPN):7-22-71-00-66-12
Ticket number: 00869575733664
Serial numbers: / BTD/8070447706/06
Lucky numbers: 12-12-23-35-40-41(12)
To claim your give-away prize, send the following Your full
names................. , sex...............................,
address..................Your winning details.................
To your processing agent (Mr. Francis Henson) who have been
assigned to handle your winning file and payment processing.
Your Processing Agent contact:
Mr. Francis Henson
We wish you the best of luck as you spend your good fortune.
for using Google.
Ms. Virginia Squier(promo. Director)
The Google Sweepstakes Lottery Scam: Don't Fall for It
If you get one of these emails, tell your friends, tell your family, especially tell all the young and old people you know: don't fall for it! Everyone needs to be warning each other about these things.
Scammers, phishers, and con artists are getting really good at making the email look legitimate enough to fool you (or your kid, or your grandmother). According to a study by the Symantec Security Technology and Response Group (2012), about 156 million phishing (scam) emails are sent globally every day. According to them,
- 16 million of these emails make it through your email spam filters,
- 8 million are opened,
- 800,000 people click the spammy link in the email,
- and 80,000 people fall for a scam every day by inputting their personal information.
That's 80,000 people (including smart people) that fall for a scam every day, so warn everyone you know!