New scam claims that “you’ve made the 5-billionth search” on Google

There are so many deceptive advertisements, online surveys, and websites that it’s nearly impossible to keep track of them all. New scams are being introduced to the world wide web every day in hopes that malicious social engineering efforts are successful. One of the most recent web page scams claims that you are Google’s 5-billionth search and have won a prize such as an iPhone or gift card.

A deceptive website has decided to masquerade as Google even copying Google.com’s web design in hopes to dupe unsuspecting internet visitors into believing that they are the 5-billionth search for the day. The website says “you were evaluated as the winner of today’s 5-billionth search query a few minutes ago by our system” and claims that you can select a prize. However, there really is no prize. This is a scam designed to phish manually submitted information such as your full name, home address, email address, and more.

The goal of the Google 5-billionth search scam is to trick visitors into thinking they won a prize in order to persuade them into exchanging their personal information. Scammers are known to use information they collect in various efforts which includes more scams and marketing campaigns. Those who fell for the scam and submitted their information can expect to receive more phone calls from telemarketers and scammers as well as junk mail at home.

Here’s a transcript of the scam copied from a webpage:

You’ve made the 5-billionth search.

You were evaluated as the winner of today’s 5-billionth search query a few minutes ago by our system!

Our last winner was Brad Jenkins from Brussels, Belgium, who won a Samsung KU6179 Ultra HD TV on 14.05.2018 with his 5-billionth Search.

We are proud to announce that you are our next winner.

Every time the 5-billionth search is reached, we proclaim a winner and reset the counter.

You may choose one of three hidden prizes below. In addition, you will be entered in our Hall of Fame and receive a winner’s certificate.

Behind every blue cup is a prize. Click on a prize cup to uncover it.

For technical reasons, we are not allowed to keep your invitation open for more than 15 minutes. Choose one of the prizes below and follow the instructions on your screen.

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Sean Doyle

Sean Doyle is a tech author and engineer with over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and other topics. Sean's content has been featured in numerous publications.

20 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    my friend got it i searched it and every website said its a scam i told him

  2. LOVEHEARTSPLAYER129 says:

    I got this too. It said “You just made the 5 billionth search! Pick a prize!” Well 1st of all, my parents won’t approve and 2nd of all, its corona time and I “Got” a Walmart gift card but the store will shut down soon so there will be no use for it really. This is a total scam don’t trust the “YOU MADE THE 5 BILLIONTH SEARCH!”

  3. Anonymous says:

    Fuck men I was tricked please try to inform as many people as you can it’s a scam!!!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    This dad it’s not work it’s a scam

  5. Anonymous says:

    That happen to me

  6. Bokang Khandala says:

    I WAS OFFICIALLY SCAMMED TODAY, THIS COMMENT SERVES AS CLARITY TO THOSE WHO WILL BE SCAMMED IN THE FUTURE

    ” THE IS NO PRIZE, ITS A LIE”

  7. Anonymous says:

    I fell for it what do I do now?!

  8. zaldatil says:

    i had alot of securety maseges and then loset the tab

  9. Anonymous says:

    I was gonna win an I pone x but silly me did not accept it and now I regret my actions😭

  10. Aron Pholo says:

    How do i access tha Price um in Botswana Gaborone….please reply on my email

  11. Anonymous says:

    this hapened to me on my old computer but i accidentally turned off google so how can i procced this

  12. Anonymous says:

    that happend to me to

  13. Jann says:

    That happened to me

  14. chimwemwe maluwa says:

    my name is chimwemwe maluwa yesterday i waz been announced as a winner of 5billionth downlods search, but while during my proces electricity got off,. is there any other way i can procced this?

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