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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: =?utf-8?B?R09PR0xFwqk=?= <>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:31:15 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Payment Confirmed (Follow Attached Instructions).

Belgrave House,
Buckingham Palace Rd,
London SW1W 9TQ,
United Kingdom

>From the desk of
The Chairman, Global Impact Awards.

Ref: G12918-EUK381


You have been selected as on of our 200 Winners in the Global Impact Awards.
You are entitled to $890,000.

Every year, we donate $100,000,000 in Grants, 60,000 hours, $1 Billion in
products. This is part of our global impact campaign and beneficiaries are
drawn from a
large list of google users worldwide.

A cheque for the amount has been sent to our official delivery agency (DPD
EXPRESS COURIER) for immediate delivery of the cheque to you. Contact the
courier company with the

1. Reference Number:
2. Full Name:
3. Address:
4. Telephone Number:

Contact Person: ANN-CHARLOTTE

Contact the delivery officer with the details as stated above.

On behalf of Google and all members of the team, we wish you a Merry
Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

Sir Scott Williams.
Chairman, Global Impact Awards

Copyright © 2014 GOOGLE.ORG. All Rights Reserved.

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