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“Google+ Awareness Reward Program” Advance Fee Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline:
Email claims that you have won two million nine hundred and fifty thousand pounds in the Google+ Awareness Reward Program and you need to contact Google’s “Foreign Transfer Manager” to arrange delivery of your prize money.




Analysis:
The email is not from Google, there is no such thing as the “Google+ Awareness Reward Program ” and, alas, you have won nothing at all. In fact, the email is a typical advance fee scam designed to trick you into sending money and personal information to criminals.

If you reply to the email in the hope of collecting your “prize”, you will be told that you must send money to cover various fees before your claim can be processed. These demands will likely continue until you run out of money or finally realise you are being conned.

At the end of the scam, the criminals will disappear forever with your money. If they have been able to collect enough of your personal and financial information during the course of the scam, the criminals may also be able to steal your identity.

Advance fee scams like this one are very common and have been around for many years. You can read more information about such scams here.




Example:
GOOGLE+ AWARENESS REWARD
We are glad to inform you that 2016 was a good year for Google Inc and the Google Team at large, in view of this and in other for us to hit our 2017 Annual Target, we have decided to organize the Google+ Awareness Reward Program, and the sole reason for this is to reward our numerous users/customers/clients who in one way or the other have contributed to our great success and achievement and had dealings with Google Services, Search Engine, Gmail, YouTube, Translator, Google Map, Google Earth, Ad Sense and also to propagate the use of Google+ which is a multilingual social networking and identity service.The Board of Directors and Management decided to come up with this Reward Program to show our appreciation and also ask for your continual usage of our services. In view of this GOOGLE+ AWARENESS REWARD (GAR) was organized, which is first of its kind to encourage our users and also introduce our latest Google Tablet (Google Nexus 10), we uphold the interest of our users and customers and are always committed to give them the best. The sole purpose of this awareness program is to encourage the active use of the Google+, Google search engine and the Google ancillary services.

We are delighted to officially congratulate you for emerging as one of our lucky winner in the ongoing GOOGLE+ AWARENESS REWARD for your continual usage of our services, hence you are among one of the winners in the Batch A listing. As we believe that with your prize, you will continue to be active in your patronage and loyalty to Google as a total of 6 Winners emerged worldwide, drawn from different continents of the world. Your eligibility for this reward was due to the fact that you have used the Google services at one time or the other.

A Bank Cheque have been issued in your favor, hence you have won for yourself the sum of £ 2.950.000.00 (Two Million Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great British Pounds Sterling) and also you have been enlisted as One of the Google Ambassadors for 2017.

To claim your reward, please contact your Foreign Transfer Manager:- Sir. Andreas Georgetown by neatly filling the verification and funds release form below, as your payment will be released and arranged by our United Kingdom Office:

CLAIMS VERIFICATION FORM

First Name

Last Name

Residential Address

Telephone/ Mobile

Nationality/Country

Date Of Birth (dd/mm/yy)

Sex

Occupation

Alternate Email

To File For Your Claim, Please Contact your Foreign Transfer MANAGER SIR WILLIAMS
WALKER
Email: mattbrittin82@gmail.com

Note: You can either fill your claims verification form by printing and manually filling out the requested details or you can fill directly on e-mail, or provide the details on Microsoft Word.

Congratulations from the Staff & Members of Google Incorporation.

Sincerely,
[Name Removed]
CEO of Google UK
©2017 Google Incorporation.




Advance Fee Scam

Last updated: January 25, 2017
First published: January 25, 2017
By Brett M. Christensen
About Hoax-Slayer

References
Google Award Advance Fee Scam
Advance Fee Lottery Scams – International Lottery Scam Information
“Google Anniversary Winning Notification” Advance Fee Scam

Importance Notice

After 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 You

I 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 Date

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Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer