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”.
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:
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!