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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: "Larry Page" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2016 01:06:27 +0400
Subject: Google Annual Award

Belgrave House,
76 Buckingham Palace Road,
London, Greater London,
United Kingdom
Dear Google Email Lucky Winner,
We wish to congratulate you once again on this note, for being part of our lucky winners   selected this year Google annual end of year awards. 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 sure that it remains the most widely used search engine, an online e-mail balloting was carried out    April 2016 without the knowledge of any Google user locally or internationally, the results of the bonus draw was officially released today.
Your email address emerged as one of the online Google user in the 2nd category  therefore attracted a cash award of ? 625,000.00 GBP (Six Hundred and Twenty Five Thousand Great British Pound Sterling), Our winners are arranged into four categories with different winning prizes accordingly in each category.
They are arranged in this format below:
1ST ? 950,000.00 GBP
2nd ? 625,000.00 GBP
3RD ? 470,000.00 GBP
4th ? 170,000.00 GBP
We wish to officially notify you that your email address was attached to a cash onus sum of 625,000.00 GBP ( Six Hundred and Twenty Five Thousand Great British Pound Sterling).We also wish to inform you that you have successfully passed the requirements, statutory obligations, verifications and our satisfactory report test conducted for all our online winners. A winning Cheque and certificate of prize will be issued in your name by Google Promotion Award Team here in London, UK,find below your Google bonus award details.
Email Bonus No: GOG/128/998/2016
Winning Number: GOG/347/55/2016
Security Code Number: GOG/688/232/UK
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 our International Claims Manager (Mrs. Cecil Swann) via email/Phone, neatly filling the verification and funds release form below:
(1) Your Contact Address/Private Email Address
(2) Your Tel/Fax Numbers
(3) Your Nationality/Country
(4) Your Full Name
(5) Occupation/Company
(6) Age/Gender
(7) Ever Won An Online Lottery?
(8) Comments About Google
(9). How Do You Feel as A Winner
Google values your right to privacy! Your information is 100% secured and will be used exclusively for the purpose of this award only.
You are advised to contact our International Claims Manager, Mrs. Cecil Swann with the details below to avoid unnecessary delay and complications
CONTACT PERSON : (Mrs. Cecil Swann)
Phone : +44 7024070126
Fax:+44 701 989 5999
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, Do not tell people about your Google Award until your money is successfully handed over to you to avoid disqualification that may arise from double claim. You may also receive similar e-mails from people portraying to be other Organizations or Google Corporation.
This is solely to collect your personal information from you and lay claim over your notification letter that was sent to you by us, Google shall not be held responsible for any loss of fund arising from the above mentioned.
Kindly note that after 7 days of notification you are not worthy to claim your  Google winnings, So contact the International Claims Manager, Michael Howell with the details for claim, Congratulations from the Staffs & Members of the Google interactive Lottery Board Commission.
Yours Sincerely,
(Mr. Larry Page)
GoogleŽ ZonalCoordinator (UK

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