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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: "yuhsiu" <>
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2012 21:53:15 +0800
Subject: Re: Google Giving away Cashoust.

Google 12th Anniversary Presentation Centre,
Africa branch office.
Lagos, 25530. Nigeria.

Your email address has been selected as one of the lucky winners in the second batch of the on
going Google 11 Anniversary Award as organized by Google Asia branch office in Bangkok, Thailand.
Therefore, you have been awarded the sum of Five Hundred Thousand United states Dollars
($500,000.00USD) only.

Email account holders who receive this notification are hereby advised not to neglect this alert,
because this is their chance to be part of the favor.

This promotion was set-up to encourage the active usage of the Internet Google Chrome®. Hence we do
believe that with your winning prize, you will continue to be active and patronage to the Internet
Google Chrome®.

Your winnings can be access by the issuement of an Atm card.

Award Reference code:GOOGLE568A009
File number:G245
Atm Code : ATM822

To claim your winning prize kindly contact Llodys Bank Africa which has been mandated to give you
cash outs with below details ASAP:
Mr Charles Brown
Telephone: +2347032256732
(1) Your Full Names:
(2) Your Tel/Mobile Number:
(3) Your Nationality:
(4) Current Country:
(5) Your contact Address:
(6) Occupation:


Google Management.
Africa, Branch,

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