Part 3 in a series of examples where the legitimacy and trust conferred by the Google name has been misused
3) Google birthday scam
The email features standard scam elements but what caught our collective eye is that the huge “winnings” are distributed by Google themselves in honor of their 12th anniversary.
According to our calculations the 12th anniversary will actually be in September this year. Google typically celebrates anniversaries by changing the search logo on the day – see 11th birthday logo below. We will be watching for Google birthday spam closer to the time.