This article is about the fake lottery ads you see on web pages.
I was trying out some new ads on this site, expecting them to put ads for real items that you can legitimately purchase. Instead, this ad appeared:
It’s a very annoying ad that changes colours a lot. The text says:
Contragulations! You are the 999,999th visitor: Congratulations you WON! Click here to claim
It’s a scam so I quickly removed the ad and contacted the advertising company – I only want nice legitimate ads on this site that don’t annoy and don’t deceive readers.
You are not the 999,999th visitor, it always shows this no matter how many times people visit the page.
And you didn’t win, and clicking on the link doesn’t help you claim your fake winnings.
The link took me to a page run by Freelotto. It asks you for some personal details, and again has a button claiming it will "release your winnings". However the terms and conditions suggest that there’s some chance involved before you’ll get anything. It also states that they’ll send you ads, lots of ads.
A quick search on Google shows that Freelotto is a scam.
So I’ll continue to filter out scam ads and to inform you about them.