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Fake Google New Year promotion

Happy new year everybody! Just a short notice of the first scam we are seeing in 2014 and the year starts off with a fake Google New Year promotion scam.

The spam mail below is supposedly from Sergey Brin –  one the founders of Google – who suddenly seems to have taken a minor role within the search giant as “Claims Administrator”. The good news he brings is a bank draft of no less than £950.000.00 British Pounds which most likely will cover a great chunk of the money you spent of Christmas gifts.


The mail holds a PDF file where you are asked to hand out some rather personal information like your bank account number and address. Stay away from this one! It is of cource a classic case of phishing.
This is by no means the first time the bad guys tries to piggyback on the name of Google and the “Fake Google New Year promotion” angle is not new either. We previously covered the fake Google Adwords Top Account scam and it cannot be said to many times. Stay away from mails looking suspicious and too good to be true!

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  1. Soni Sumirat says:

    I have info as a winner for seccond place of google new year promo.. it is true ?

  2. Kim Falkner says:


    Sorry to say but I doubt very much you have won anything in a Google new year promo. But do share the mail with us in the comments.

  3. Slamet Dharmadi says:

    @Soni Sumirat: hahaha… we should share 50% each since I’m also at the second place winner. LOL.
    I bet you are from Indonesia, right? Sama kalau gitu Mas bro… :D
    Here is the email:

    Jan4 pada 10:45 PM

    Dear s******* (sorry, private email)

    Either you or someone entered your information on our web Ad for the 2015 Android New Year Promo and we are using this medium to officially notify you that the result of the promo was recently released as shown below:
    Promo Result S/N Winners List Amount Won Ticket Number Status
    1 1,000,000.00 GBP Confidential Unclaimed
    2 s******* 500,000.00 GBP AD540201H Unclaimed
    3 200,000.00 GBP Confidential Unclaimed

    We are happy to inform you that you are our second prize winner of 500,000.00 GBP (Five hundred thousand Great British Pounds) at this promo. Your ticket number is AD540201H. Please take note of your ticket number as it will be needed for verification.

    To receive your money, winners are expected to reply this email with the following information for verification: 1. Your Full Names 2. Residential address 3. Mobile number 4. Email address 5. Ticket number

    Your payment will be issued to you when we receive your reply with your information as outlined above.

    Please bear it in mind that you won big in this promo because you are one of our valuable customers. However, if you wish to decline the receipt of your prize money, you are to notify us on time so that the opportunity will be given to another Android user.

    WARNING: Because of numerous fraudulent schemes going around the internet, confidentiality should be accorded at all times. You are expected to keep the news of your winning and your ticket number to yourself until you have received your prize money. This is to avoid false claims and abuse of the program. Android Inc will never ask you to pay any fee before you receive your prize money.

    You can call +44-702-405-7851 if you wish to speak to someone from our office.

    Please inform us as soon as you receive your money


    Patrick Pichette
    Chief Financial Officer
    Google Inc – United Kingdom

    Tel: +44-702-405-7851

    Copyright © 2014 Google Inc. All rights reserved

  4. Fitriana Nurcahya N says:

    I have the email also..
    Thanks you Kim for the information, i really need this information to make sure this is fake email.

    Hi Mas Slamet,

    Mas Bro, I’m the 2nd winner lohh, how come you’re also the 2nd winner, Do you stole my position? ahahaha #LOL

    S/N Winners List Amount Won Ticket Number Status
    1 1,000,000.00 GBP Confidential Unclaimed
    2 f*********** 500,000.00 GBP AD540201H Unclaimed
    3 200,000.00 GBP Confidential Unclaimed

  5. Evelyn says:

    Got the same email and sender just now. All three of us “winners” supposedly had the same ticket number so I highly doubt it’s real.

  6. hutanto says:

    I got the same email. I have just replied it. Any anticipation I need to prepare?

  7. Mie E. F. Pedersen says:

    @Hutanto As a rule of thumb you should not reply to spam, because no human at the other end will respect you unsubscribing. Unfortunately! Their purpose is to make money, so you’ll probably see a rise in the amount of spam received. Just ignore those fake mails, e.g. by getting a solid spam filter. Hopefully the number will decline again shortly.

  8. Tantri says:

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Google Android []
    Sent: Monday, January 19, 2015 8:24 AM
    Subject: Realease of your 500,000.00 GBP, Tantri Tarjanah

    Dear Tantri,

    Thank you for your email. We have instructed NatWest Bank PLC to contact you and request your bank account for the transfer of 500,000.00 GBP to you. They will contact you by email. Please kindly comply with them. Also make sure to check your junk mail so you don’t miss out on their email.

    You are to notify us as soon as you have received your money in your bank account.


    Patrick Pichette
    Chief Financial Officer
    Google Inc
    United Kingdom

    This morning has received email that mentioned the money will be transfer….. LOL

  9. Mie E. F. Pedersen says:

    @Tantri Thank you for sharing the mail. I must admire their timing – who doesn’t want to win a large sum of money especially right after Christmas spending?! However, if a proper store would actually have a competition and you’d won that much money, they’d call you (or at least send the message from their actual domain and not one created for the occasion (

  10. lesedi says:

    Have received similar mail thanks for the info

  11. lesedi says:

    How does the scam work

  12. Mie E. F. Pedersen says:

    @lesedi Most competition-spam works by getting you to send personal information to the sender. They will then abuse that personal information for future spam, sell the data, or in some cases charge the credit card the victim has given them.

  13. Motlapele Matimba says:

    This messages can really get you carried away more so there is high demand of finance in the beginning of the year. Guess what, i receive an sms through my mobile phone i got suspecious may be google promo could be of help, it reads thus ” ANDROID NEW YEAR PROMO You won 780,000 Pounds , New Year Promo, Ref No.: AN.., Send No. & Country By Email:” Sent by a number; +639213334718. Give me a better advice through my email please, i am broke of course by give positive cautions.

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