According to this email, you have been selected as a winner of the million-dollar Covid-19 relief lotto award.
Supposedly, you were chosen via a worldwide random balloting selection taken from AOL users.
The email advises you to send your personal details and Winning Number to your “fiduciary agent” for verification.
But, not at all surprisingly, the email is just another scam. Alas, you have not won a million dollars in a Covid-19 lottery. You have won nothing whatsoever!
In fact, the email is just a typical advance fee lottery scam albeit with a coronavirus twist in its tale.
As with all such lottery scams, if you contact the “agent” in the hope of claiming your prize, you will be quickly told that you must first send money to cover various expenses supposedly associated with your “win”. The scammers will insist that these fees must be sent in advance and that you will not receive your prize money until all fees are paid.
If you fall for the ruse and send money, further requests for even more imaginary fees will likely follow. Finally, when the scammers have extracted as much of your money as possible, they will disappear without a trace. You will never retrieve any of the money you sent. Nor, of course, will you ever get the promised prize, which never existed in the first place.
And the scammers may steal more than just your money. During the course of the scam, they may have tricked you into sending a lot of your personal information – including ID documents – ostensibly to allow the processing and validation of your lotto claim. This information may be kept by the scammers or sold to other criminals and later used to steal your identity.
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An example of the scam email:
Subject: Covid-19 lottery prize (Congratulations)We are pleased to inform you that you are among the selected winners of Covid-19 relief lotto awards $1,000,000.00 by emerging with American Online Lottery AOL 2020/2021 as an active users doing the random picking online as the Pandemic is sill going on.
No tickets where sold it was a random balloting selection worldwide. So you are advised to contact your Fiduciary agent with this information below along-side with your Winning Identification Number via E-mail for proper Verification lottery agent: email@example.com
Your House Address…
Your Telephone Number…
Your Winning Number: AOL009US/LINK-LAX1182/020
#STAYATHOME# STAY SAFE
Since you’ve read this far……can I ask you for a big favour?
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