Google users warned about search fraud emails
Internet users are advised to immediately delete and report an email that appears to be from Google and offers a price for the company achieving a search milestone.
A version of the email published online congratulated the recipient on the “18.25 billionth search”.
It claims that Google rewards every 10 millionth search and comes with a set of instructions that must be followed – including providing personal details – in order to claim a prize.
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Google has warned that any email or ads offering prizes are fraudulent.
The company’s support page indicates that it does not run lotteries, sweepstakes, or similar programs.
We recommend that you report any email that suggests otherwise as spam
A number of similar Google scams have been sent to Gmail and other email accounts in the past, including emails requesting payment for using services like Google Maps.
The company points out that there are a number of obvious signs that people can use to tell if an email is a scam.
“Scams are often designed to create a sense of urgency. Take the time to ask questions and think about it,” said a Google representative
“No reputable person or agency will ever ask for payment or your personal information on the spot.”