Yay! I’m a Winner!

Today I received the following email:

Google Security Department®
Belgrave House,
76 Buckingham Palace Road,
London SW1W 9TQ,
United Kingdom.

Dear Lucky Winner.

We wish to congratulate you on this note, for being one of our lucky winners selected this year. This promotion was set-up to encourage the active use of the Google search engine and the Google ancillary services. Hence we do believe with your winning prize, you will continue to be active and patronage to this company. Google is now the world leading search engine worldwide and in an effort to make sure that it remains the most widely used search engine, an online e-mail balloting was carried out on the 21st of December 2013, without your knowledge and was officially released recently.

We wish to formally announce to you that your email address was attached to a lump sum of ?750,000.00 {Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great British Pounds Sterling} only.

A winning Cheque will be issued in your name by the Google Promotion Award Team, and also a certificate of prize claims will be sent alongside your winning Cheque.

Your Award Winning Details.
Code Number: GUK/3554749405GK
Ticket No: GUK/1008272745GK
Winning Number: GUK/99334353734GK

Information’s required from you are part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. To claim your won prize, please contact the Google Award claims Manager (McCarthy Robert) neatly filling the payment release form below.


*First Name
*Last Name
*Residential Address
*Telephone/ Mobile
*Amount Won
*Alternate Email
*Have you ever been an Online Winner?

You are advised to contact your Foreign Claims Manager with his private email details below to avoid unnecessary delay and complications:


Dennis Morris
Google Security Department (United Kingdom)
E-mail: mailoffice1a@yahoo.co.jp


For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information’s confidential till your claims have been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned.

Note: You can fill your payment release form by printing and manually filling or you can fill directly on mail, or provide the details on Microsoft Word.

Please do not reply if you are NOT the owner of this email address.

Congratulations from the Staffs & Members of Google Board Commission.

Yours Sincerely,

George Wilkins.

Regional Coordinator,
Google United Kingdom.
©2013 Google Corporation.

I sent them all the information they requested, and will soon be rich!!

Well, no. I didn’t send them the information. This is a scam. But I got a blog post out of the deal, so I actually am a winner after all, just not a rich one.


Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels Light Bringer, More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire, and Daughter Am I. Bertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.” Follow Pat on Google+. Like Pat on Facebook.

7 Responses to “Yay! I’m a Winner!”

  1. rami ungar the writer Says:

    I was just thinking, “This sounds kind of sketchy. Is it a scam?”

  2. ROD MARSDEN Says:

    This is an old one. It would have whiskers if it hadn’t been dusted off and reworked to try to catch you out. Love the Buckingham Palace reference. Doubt from that if the rip-off merchants are English, American or Australian. They know less about London than Dick Whittington’s cat. Since he hasn’t been around for centuries that’s really saying something.

    Google is an American company. And it’s doing business at Buckingham Palace, London? Are we talking here pounds, US dollars or Euro money? They should have thrown in a visit to the queen as part of the prize. Dick Whittington’s cat would have liked that.

    On the 14th January 2014 I got three phone calls from overseas. It was the usual scam of your computer is about to go belly up but we can save the day if you give us money. As soon as the word microsoft is mentioned I hang up. I have reported this matter to the authorities here.

  3. knightofswords Says:

    If one of these things were ever real, I’d probably ignore it thinking it was bogus. sorry you won’t have all that lovely money coming in.


    • ROD MARSDEN Says:

      We’re all sorry about that knightofswords. Mind you we’d all be rich and money wouldn’t mean much. Maybe the new currency in the land would then be turnips.

  4. Carol Says:

    My daily chuckle!! Thanks, Pat! I did a mini-rant on my blog not long ago about people being ridiculously gullible. Many people actually respond to these scams and I don’t understand why. One person said, “What can it hurt, and if I really *had* won, I wouldn’t know if I didn’t respond.” To which I wanted to scream my reply, “But you won’t EVER win. It’s a scam, for crying out loud! And responding gives them the info they desire to pursue identity theft.”

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