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‘Like of the Year Award’ Advance Fee Scam Email

by Brett M. Christensen

According to this email, you have been randomly selected to win the seasonal “Like of the Year” Award for 2019.

The email claims that you were eligible to be chosen as the winner because you liked a comment on a social network back in January 2019.

The email includes a link that supposedly allows you to claim your award.

However, you have not won anything at all and there is no such thing as the Like of the Year Award.

The email is an advance fee scam designed to trick you into giving your money and personal details to online crooks.

Clicking the link opens a decidedly dodgy website that claims that you have indeed won a large cash prize and urges you to open an online chat session for further details.

If you do start the chat, you will be asked to provide your personal information, ostensibly in order to verify your claim to the prize. In due course, you will be told that you must pay a fee to cover costs supposedly associated with the processing of your prize.

Any money you send will be kept by the scammers. This money will never be returned to you. Nor, of course, will you ever receive the promised payout. The payout never existed.

And, if the scammers are able to harvest enough of your personal and financial information, they may manage to steal your identity along with your money.

Advance fee scams like this are very common and take many forms.  Be wary of any message that claims that you have been randomly selected as the winner of a lottery or award that you have never entered and know nothing about. Genuine prize promotions do not operate in this way.


An example of the scam email


Subject: YOU ARE A WINNER!
We would like to inform that you liked a comment ID:35915743 in a social network , January 9, 2019 at 19:48
This like has been randomly selected to win the seasonal «Like Of The Year» 2019 award!
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