According to this email, you have been selected as a recipient of a major cash prize via Google Ad Grants for 2019.
The email, which commends you for “being selected as a major customer”, instructs you to open an attached file to view details about the supposed grant.
The attached file claims that Google ran an “online e-mail beta test” and your email address was chosen as the winner of £1,946000.00.
To claim your prize, you are instructed to send a “mandatory verification and funds release form” to the “Google Ad Grants Payment Coordinator”.
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If you contact the phony Payment Coordinator as instructed, you will be told that you must send money to cover various expenses that are supposedly associated with the processing of your “grant”. If you comply and send the requested money, you will be asked to send even more money to cover even more imaginary expenses.
You will also be asked to supply a large amount of sensitive personal and financial information, ostensibly to verify your claim and cover legal requirements.
When the scammers have extracted as much of your money and information as they can, they will go silent. You will no longer be able to contact them. They will simply disappear with your money. You will never get back any of the money you have sent. You will never get the promised grant, which never existed in the first place. And, the criminals may use the information you submitted to steal your identity.
Scams like this are very common and have targetted people all around the world for many years.
An example of the scam email:
Dearest Esteemed User,In this month of June, Google-Ad wishes to commend you for being selected as a major customer, for further information on how to obtain your grant, kindly view the attached files for more details.
Jacquelline [Surname Removed]
Director Google Ad
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NB: This email was sent from a notification email address from the sponsors of Google Foundation. If this Notification Email Letter hits your Junk/Spam folder, simply move the email from your Spam/Junk folder to your inbox for better viewing and easy accessibility.
Screenshot of attached file:
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