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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 Corporation <>
Date: Sun, 6 May 2012 00:21:13 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Google's 14th Anniversary.

Google Corporations.

Belgrave House 76

Buckingham Palace Road

London SW1W 9TQ

United Kingdom.


Award Winning No: GPAT/880733/006425/GB/2011

File Reference No: GUK/01193/0684578/007/2011

On the 4th of September 1998, Google was incorporated as a privately held company. Google Corporation is one company that

earns its profit mainly from advertising using their very own Google search engine, Gmail, Gala, Sify, e-mail service Google

Maps, Google Apps, Orkut social networking and YouTube video sharing, which are all offered to the public for free. 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 services.

The online draws was conducted by a random selection of email addresses from an exclusive list of E-mail addresses of

individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet. However, “no

tickets were sold” but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation and privacy. The

selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection machine (TOPAZ) from a

database of over 250,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world.

This Lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board and also Licensed by the International Association of Gaming Regulators

(IAGR). This lottery is the 3rd of its kind and we intend to sensitize the public.

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 GBP 950, 000.00 {Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great British

Pounds Sterling}. A winning cheque will be issued in your name by Google Promotion Award Team.

Please you are advised to complete the form below and send it immediately to our Claims Administrator through email for

prompt collection of your Winning funds.

The Claims Administrator Google Promotion Award Team

Mr. David Brown



You are advised to contact your Claims Administrator with the following details to avoid unnecessary delay and complications:


(1) Your complete contact address---------------------

(2) Your Tel/Mobile numbers: ----------------------------

(3) Your Nationality/Country:--------------------------

(4) Your Full Name: Bruce T. --------------------------

(5) Occupation/Company: --------------------------

(6) Age/Gender: -------------------------

(7) Have you ever won an online lottery? --No-------------------------

(8) What is your comment on Google Product and services? -------------------------

(9) Alternative email account if any: ---------------------------

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.


Larry Page

Google CEO/Chairman.

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