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Every successful enterprise attracts parasites. That’s a law of nature. Google is a successful and well respected business, and so it’s not surprising that scammers try to play off Google’s good name in order to con people out of their money. The message below supposedly announces that you have won the Google lottery — except there is no such thing as the Google lottery. (And even if there were, why would the message be sent from a .ir email address in Iran?) Sadly for its recipients, this is just one more example of a standard lottery scam message, and Google has nothing to do with it.
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015
From: Google Corporation firstname.lastname@example.org
Reply-To: “email@example.com” firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Powered by Google
123 Buckingham Palace Road
London SW1W 9SH
Good day Sir/Madam.
You have successfully been picked as one of our 12 Lucky Winners in this months Lottery Draw, Please see attached file for more details.
MD. Matt Brittin
Chairman of Board and Managing Director
Google United Kingdom.
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