Rajib Singha

GBP 800,000 from Google! Nope, it’s a Scam

Rajib Singha Jun 28, 2013     54
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Google helps you find answers to your questions; Google gives away apps for free; Google has an awesome hangout for you and your pals, but Google never pays you 800,000 British pounds! That’s right! One more online scam that has been making rounds on the Internet is the Google Award Email scam.

Have you received an email from Google, which threw you into a fits of oh-my-god-this-is-awesome feeling? Did the mail inform you that you have just won yourself an award of £ 800,000 from Google? Well, sorry for being a wet blanket, this is nothing but a scam.

If you have received any such email, then you might have read that a so-called “Google 15th Anniversary Award Center” has selected your email id as one of the few lucky winners for this grand prize.

You might also have noticed entries such as “Batch Number”, “Reference Number”, and “File Number” in it; projects a bit of authenticity, doesn’t it?

Now, till this point you may think that no harm is done. But the story starts getting fishy here. For you to claim the prize, you would have to mail some information to a certain email address. This info includes your name, country, contact address, sex, age, and telephone number.

So, let’s say you play along, and mail all these information to the said email address. What will happen is you will receive a follow-up email advising you that the final step to claim your prize would be to pay a certain fee. To sum up this entire drama, you give away a handful of cash in return for a bag full of it. Seems fair and nice, except that the bag is as good as your imaginary childhood friend!

So what can you do for such heartwarming but fraudulent emails?

  1. First, remember the saying “There’s no such thing as a free lunch”.
  2. Use reliable security software that blocks phishing and malicious emails.
  3. Upon receiving emails talking about such awards, cross check the information with the purported source. For example, in this case, run a Google search to verify if any such Google reward program does exist.
  4. Never divulge your confidential information like bank details except on trusted websites. [You can read this post where we have discussed safe online banking practices.]
  5. Have an eye for grammatical, punctuation and spelling errors in such types of emails. Fraudulent emails are usually full of them.

Quick Heal Security solutions employ powerful cloud-based email security feature that keeps phishing, spam and potentially malicious emails from reaching your inbox, across Windows and Mac platforms.

Posted under: Email, Google, Online Hoaxes, Phishing, Spam
54 Comments + Add Comment
  • Thank you Rajib Sir,
    For such helpfully information regrading the fake mails.

    Regards,
    Hrushi Sonar.

    • Dear Sir

      Thanks for giving useful infirmation, I have been trying such mails
      and lost money

      Still I feel some of the mails are very attractive and tempting and
      it is a simple HUMAN NATURE

      with regards
      S.GANAPATHY

  • Thanks…sir…..

  • Thank you Sir,
    For such helpfully information regrading the fake mails.
    Regards,
    Raajesh Kumar

  • respected sir
    I will take care about fake emails and thanks for your good guidiance.

  • Thank you Rajib Sir,
    For such helpfully information regrading the fake mails

  • thanks a lot…

  • thank u

  • Thanks a lot for this vital information and valuable guidance. Regards. Surinder

  • THANKS.

  • Thank you sir for your kind information,
    and thanks for giving knowledge regarding all these.

  • THANK U

  • Thank you again for this information

    Regards,

    Shovan Ray,

  • Thanx.. its really informative.. keep it up

  • this help full to all protect from fishing and other personal information

  • hey i was received this type of mail

  • IT IS GREAT HELP FULL TOPIC FOR ALL EMAIL USERS.

    THANKING YOU,
    UDHAB.

  • Thank you Rajib for this Information.

  • Thnx…Rajib sir

  • Good information sir….;)

  • IT IS GREAT HELP FULL TOPIC FOR ALL EMAIL USERS & Thank you Rajib for this Information.

  • sir thank

  • Thanks! for the information by given you sir.
    It is help to protect personal information for publishing.
    Thanks again……..

  • thanks man for the information

  • Thanks for such a good suggestion.itis a boon to the internet users as well as to me. I shall be careful in future. Arun

  • Hello Rajib I think it is good for new user and learner. Arun

  • I am a lucky one for receiving such valuable information and instruction.Arun

  • THANKSYOU

  • Good information

    THANKING YOU

    SANJAY DABI

  • Amazing news….sir

    Thanks

  • Sir,

    Thanks for your guidance and made me

    secure…

    K. Sanjay

  • Thanks for giving useful infirmation, I have been trying such mails
    and lost money

  • For nothing if Pounds & Dollars are falling in your pockets then IT raid is obvious. Do not show the key of your rupee treasury that may get emptied. So be careful & never be a miser.

  • Thanks a lot for warning innocent customers for not getting tempted and to protect ones hard earned money

  • T IS GREAT HELP FULL TOPIC FOR ALL EMAIL USERS.

    THANKING YOU,

    RAMESH.M

  • It is an important piece of information that can INSULATE one from the fraudlent e-mails. I thank you for advicing at the right time…thanks!

  • thanks

  • Thanks! I receive those emails almost everyday! It ranges from coca cola awards to British government lucky draw.. The article is really helpful.

  • Thank You

  • Thanks a lot for warning innocent customers for not getting tempted and to protect ones hard earned money

  • Thank you very much for timely advise

  • Thank you. Rajib Singha

  • Thanks for such valuable information given to all the customers. Please intimate us in future also.

  • thanks……..

  • Thank you very much sir……….

  • thanks for your kind information sir……..

  • thanks for your kind information sir..

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  • thank you. that is very helpful

  • SIR,

    THANKS FOR SUCH A USEFUL INFORMATION I WAS JUST TRYING ONE OF THESE FAKE MAILS.THANKS FOR YOUR GUIDANCE WHICH MADE ME ………………SECURE………..

    WITH WARM REGARDS

  • thanks very much for kind information.

  • THANKS FOR SUCH A USEFUL INFORMATION I WAS JUST TRYING ONE OF THESE FAKE MAILS.

  • Am I screwed if I gave away info like name, address, sex, occupation, phone? No money info was given at all ….. am I ok?

    • Rahul Thadani

      Hi Ash,

      If you gave away such personal details, there is a chance they can be misused. However, it is good that you did not share any financial information. As of now, it is best to not worry about this.

      Regards.

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