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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2010 15:26:11 -0400 (CLT)
Subject: Notification Date: 6/23/2010

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 part 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 1st of April 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 £450,000.00 {Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand 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 along side 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 verification and fund release form below.


(1) Your Full Name.
(2) Your contact address.
(3) Your Nationality/Country.
(5) Sex.
(7) Age.
(6) Occupation
(4) Your Tel/Fax numbers.
(8) Ever won an online lottery before now?
(9) Alternate Email Address.

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

McCarthy Robert
Google Security Department (United Kingdom)
Land line:00447 0240 79945

The Google Promotion Award Team has discovered a huge number of double claims due to winners informing close friends relatives and third parties about their winnings and also sharing their identification numbers.As a result of this,these friends try to claim the lottery on behalf of the real winners.The Google promotion award committee has reached a decision from the headquarters at the United Kingdom that any double claim discovered by the Lottery Board will result to the disqualification of the winner’s lottery.So you are hereby strongly advised once more to keep your winnings strictly confidential until you claim your prize.

Congratulations from the Staffs & Members of the Google interactive Lottery Board Commission.

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Renzo.Mercado
Google Zonal Coordinator.
United Kingdom

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