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

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.

Rajiv Singha

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Hrushi Sonar
Hrushi Sonar
7 years ago

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

Regards,
Hrushi Sonar.

S.GANAPATHY
S.GANAPATHY
7 years ago
Reply to  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

vijay
vijay
7 years ago

Thanks…sir…..

Raajesh Kumar
Raajesh Kumar
7 years ago

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

s v singh
s v singh
7 years ago

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

ravi prakash
ravi prakash
7 years ago

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

udayan
udayan
7 years ago

thanks a lot…

sk salimuddin
sk salimuddin
7 years ago

thank u

Surinder Singh
Surinder Singh
7 years ago

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

MAHESH SANGA
MAHESH SANGA
7 years ago

THANKS.

Pankaj yadav
Pankaj yadav
7 years ago

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

MAHESH SANGA
MAHESH SANGA
7 years ago

THANK U

Shovan Ray
Shovan Ray
7 years ago

Thank you again for this information

Regards,

Shovan Ray,

Dipak Ghatage
Dipak Ghatage
7 years ago

Thanx.. its really informative.. keep it up

janardan
janardan
7 years ago

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

hrishikesh
hrishikesh
7 years ago

hey i was received this type of mail

UDHAB
UDHAB
7 years ago

IT IS GREAT HELP FULL TOPIC FOR ALL EMAIL USERS.

THANKING YOU,
UDHAB.

Tamal Bachi
Tamal Bachi
7 years ago

Thank you Rajib for this Information.

Abhisek Bhunia
Abhisek Bhunia
7 years ago

Thnx…Rajib sir

MANOJ
MANOJ
7 years ago

Good information sir….;)

RAJ KUMAR
RAJ KUMAR
7 years ago

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

sunil shah
sunil shah
7 years ago

sir thank

Jitendra Sontakke
Jitendra Sontakke
7 years ago

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

shaurya
shaurya
7 years ago

thanks man for the information

Aruna Chandra Tripathy
Aruna Chandra Tripathy
7 years ago

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

Aruna Chandra Tripathy
Aruna Chandra Tripathy
7 years ago

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

Aruna Chandra Tripathy
Aruna Chandra Tripathy
7 years ago

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

NIRMAL
NIRMAL
7 years ago

THANKSYOU

SANJAY DABI
SANJAY DABI
7 years ago

Good information

THANKING YOU

SANJAY DABI

Tamseel Ahmed Khan
Tamseel Ahmed Khan
7 years ago

Amazing news….sir

Thanks

Sanjay J. Kamble
Sanjay J. Kamble
7 years ago

Sir,

Thanks for your guidance and made me

secure…

K. Sanjay

NARENDRASINH SARVAIYA
NARENDRASINH SARVAIYA
7 years ago

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

Pramod Panigrahy
Pramod Panigrahy
7 years ago

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.

Ms. R.Padmavathy
Ms. R.Padmavathy
7 years ago

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

RAMESH.M
RAMESH.M
7 years ago

T IS GREAT HELP FULL TOPIC FOR ALL EMAIL USERS.

THANKING YOU,

RAMESH.M

Sainik Shiromani Manoj Dhyani
Sainik Shiromani Manoj Dhyani
7 years ago

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!

Bhupender singh
Bhupender singh
7 years ago

thanks

Parichay Chatterjee
Parichay Chatterjee
7 years ago

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

MANISH KUMAR YADAV
MANISH KUMAR YADAV
7 years ago

Thank You

Ravi
Ravi
7 years ago

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

V K Gupta
V K Gupta
7 years ago

Thank you very much for timely advise

Vinod D. Meshram
Vinod D. Meshram
7 years ago

Thank you. Rajib Singha

vishal Sharma
vishal Sharma
7 years ago

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

ramraj
ramraj
7 years ago

thanks……..

N J DONGRE
N J DONGRE
7 years ago

Thank you very much sir……….

Abhijit Pathak
Abhijit Pathak
7 years ago

thanks for your kind information sir……..

Abhijit Pathak
Abhijit Pathak
7 years ago

thanks for your kind information sir..

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p.k.rana
7 years ago

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tmadhavamenon
tmadhavamenon
7 years ago

thank you. that is very helpful

ATAL
ATAL
7 years ago

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

Imran Khan
Imran Khan
7 years ago

thanks very much for kind information.

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