Email purporting to be from Canadian lottery winners Bill And Andrea Groner claims that the couple are giving you 1 million dollars as part of a charity project.
The email is a scam designed to trick you into sending money and personal information to Internet criminals. Bill and Andrea Groner are real people and they did win a large lottery prize. However, they did not send this email and they are not randomly giving away millions of dollars to strangers as claimed.
From: Bill And Andrea Groner
Subject: Charity Donation
Dear (email address removed)
I saw your email address during the course of my research today. My name is Bill William Groner my wife and I won a Jackpot Lottery of $50 Million Dollars in December 2013, we are donating the sum of $1 million Dollars to 6 lucky individual all over the world as part of our charity project and if you received this email then you are one of the luck recipients and all you have to do is get back to us with your details so we can forward it directly to the payout bank. Please note that you have to contact us via our private email for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org)
You can verify this by visiting the web pages below.
Bill And Andrea Groner
‘Bill And Andrea Groner’ Email Claims You Have Been Awarded $1 Million
Supposedly, the couple decided to donate the money from their $50 million lottery prize as part of a ‘charity project’ and chose 6 email addresses as the ‘winners’.
Email is a Scam – Not From Bill And Andrea Groner
However, this email is not from the couple and they are not randomly giving away millions of dollars as claimed.
In fact, the email is a typical advance fee scam designed to trick you into sending your money and personal information to cybercrooks. If you reply as instructed in the hope of claiming the promised 1 million dollars, you will soon be told that you must first send various upfront payments. The scammers – still posing as Bill And Andrea Groner – will claim that the requested payments are required to cover insurance costs, banking fees, tax, and various other imaginary expenses. They will insist that these fees cannot be deducted from the main fund for legal reasons.
The scammers may also ask you to provide a large amount of personal and financial information, ostensibly so that they can process the claim and award you the promised funds.
But, of course, all of the money sent will stay in the pockets of the criminals and you are very unlikely to get any of it back. Moreover, the scammers may harvest enough of your personal information to allow them to steal your identity.
Several Versions of the Scam are Being Distributed
Scammers Often Pose as Lottery Winners To Gain Victims
In fact, almost every time a large lottery win is announced, criminals send out scam emails pretending to be from the winners.
And lottery scammers use many other cover stories to achieve the same ends. Be wary of any email, social media message, or SMS that claims that you have won a large prize in a lottery or promotion that you have never even entered.
Such scams are very common and continue to gain new victims every day.