Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Google name used in Internet deployed Lottery Scam

If it's too good to be true, it probably isn't (especially on the Internet). A spam e-mail, I received today informed me that I've won Google's lottery and 500,000 euros.

Trusted names are used to provide a false sense of legitimacy. Since I myself am a Google fan (user), I decided to comment on this one.

When the (eventually unfortunate) winner answers one of these, they are asked to send (wire transfer is preferred) money to cover taxes and tariffs to get their prize released.

Frequently, the scammer will send a counterfeit check (normally official, or cashier type) for their intended victim (winner) to cash. Eventually, the counterfeit check is discovered and the lottery winner is left hold the bag. Besides, financial consequences, (if I am to believe people reading this blog), cashing these items can cause someone to get arrested, also.

Unfortunately, the crooks behind these scams are normally safe in another country and rarely (if ever) get caught.

For a more detailed explanation on how these scams work (the lottery variety is one mutation of them), I did a post:

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks Fuel Internet Crime

A lot of the spam deploying these scams is facilitated using botnets (groups of zombie computers) that were taken over after another unfortunate Internet user opened an attachment in a spam e-mail, they probably shouldn't have.

Here is a post, I did at the beginning of the year describing this problem (getting worse all the time):

2006 was the Year of Internet Crime - 2007 is predicted to be even worse

Here is the e-mail I received (complete with all the bad grammar and spelling mistakes). Bad grammar and spelling mistakes are common in these e-mail lures.

Another clue is always the instruction not to tell anyone they are a winner.
Subject:ISP Nomination/Email Award.
Date:Wed, 4 Apr 2007 17:53:07 +0200 (CEST)

Congratulations to you as we bring to your notice, the results of the First Category draws of E-MAIL LOTTERY organised by GOOGLE INT. We are happy to inform you that you have emerged a winner under the First Category, which is part of our promotional draws. The draws were held on 30th of March 2007 and results are being officially announced today 4th of April 2007. Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 5,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East, and Oceania as part of our International Promotions Program. Your e-mail address, attached to ticket number 675432890044/376, with serial number 2200-33 drew the lucky numbers 1-0-11-44-03-22 and consequently won in the First Category. You have therefore been awarded a lump sum pay out of One million (1,000,000.00) euros, which is the winning payout for Category A winners. This is from the total prize money from 1,500,000 euros shared among the 2 winners in this category. Your fund is now deposited with the paying Bank. In your best interest to avoid mix up of numbers and names of any kind, we request that you keep the entire details of your award strictly from public notice until the process of transferring your claims has been completed, and your funds remitted to your account. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants / non participants of this program. Please contact your claims agent immediately for due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice:To file for your claim, please contact the CLAIMS agent.

Mr.Windy Smith.Cable Trust AgencyEmail:
addresses and telephone numbers removed)
Academias53,11269 Athens

You are advised to contact the agents by Email address.

NOTE: For easy reference and identification, find below your reference and Batch numbers.

Remember to quote these numbers in every one of your
correspondence with your claims agent.
NO: 33/904/G3K. Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for
being part of our promotions program.

Sincerely Yours,

Nelson Beilean.


1 comment:

Srinivas kashyap said...

From The Email Ballot Of the Google Give Away promotion,
We annouce you winner of 500,000.00 GBP (Five Hundred Thousand British Pounds)
in our online Give-away promotion.Your email address
was linked with our Computer Generated Profile Numbers(CGPN)
Winners were selected randomly through a computer
ballot system from worldwide users of the Google search.

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)

You are to contact mr Newton Brown For More Information.

Google-Online Co-ordinator