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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:

From: Google =?iso-8859-1?Q?Incorporated=A9?= <>
Date: Thu, 4 Aug 2011 21:00:08 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Anniversary Notification Date:04/08/2011.

Google Incorporated.
Stamford New Road,
Altrincham Cheshire,
WA14 1EP
United Kingdom.

Winning No: GUK/877/798/2011
Ticket No: GUK/699/33/2011
Notification Date:04/08/2011.


We wish to congratulate you once again on this note, for being part of our
Winners selected this year.This promotion was set-up to encourage the
active users of the Google search engine and the Google ancillary

Hence we do believe with your winning prize, you will continue to be
active and patronage to the Google search engine.Google is now the biggest
search engine worldwide and in an effort to make sure that it remains the
most widely used search engine, we ran an online e-mail beta test which
your email address won £750,000. {Seven Hundred And Fifty Thousand Great
British Pounds Sterling}

We wish to formally announce to you that you have successfully passed the
requirements, statutory obligations, verifications, validations and
satisfactory report Test conducted for all online winners. A winning
cheque will be issued in your name by Google Promotion Award Team, You
have therefore won the entire sum of £750,000.00 {Seven Hundred And Fifty
Thousand Great British Pounds Sterling} and also a certificate of prize
claims will be sent along side your winning cheque.

Foreign Transfer Manager
Sir.Gilbert Scholes
Google Promotion Award Team.

You are advised to contact your Foreign Transfer Manager with the
following details to avoid unnecessary delay and complications:

(1) Your contact address.
(2) Your Tel/Fax numbers.
(3) Your Nationality/Country.
(4) Your Full Name/Sex.
(5) Occupation/Age.
(6) Ever won an online lottery?

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 winning and also sharing their pin numbers. As a result of
this, these friends try to claim the lottery on behalf of the real
winners. The Google Promotion Award Team has reached a decision from
headquarters that any double claim discovered by the Lottery Board will
result to the canceling of that particular winning, making a loss for both
the double claimer and the real winner, as it is taken that the real
winner was the informer to the double claimer about the 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
Lotteries Board Commission.

Dr.Elizabeth Thompson.
Google Promotion Award Team.

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