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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?q?=22POWERED_BY_GOOGLE=C2=A9=22_=3Cisoumu=40skk-sugawa=2Eco=2Ejp?=
Date: Tue, 10 May 2016 18:58:13 -0500

Google UK Ltd
Belgrave House
76 Buckingham Palace Road London SW1W 9TQ United Kingdom.
Ref No: GFSP/ 7748/782/2015 Batch: GFSP/ 955/GPWIN/UK


It is obvious that this notification will come to you as a surprise but pl=
ease find time to read it carefully as we congratulate you over your succes=
s in the following official publication of results of the E-mail Electronic=
Online Sweepstakes Organized by Google, in conjunction with the foundation=
for the Promotion of Software Products, (F.P.S.) held on May 1st 2016 here=
in London UK.Google earns its profit mainly from advertising using their v=
ery own Google search engine, Gmail , Yahoo,Hotmail ,All E-mail service Goo=
gle Maps, Google Apps, Orkut social networking and You Tube video sharing, =
which are all offered to the public for free.

We wish to congratulate you once again, for being among the Twelve (12) se=
lected winners in the ongoing E-mail Electronic Online Sweepstakes. Hence w=
e do believe with your prize, you will continue to be active in your patron=
age to Google and its Products. A Bank Draft of 950,000.00 GBP {Nine Hundr=
ed and Fifty Thousand Great British Pounds} will be issued in your name by =
our Foreign Payment Bureau and also a certificate of prize claim will be se=
nt alongside your Bank Draft.

You are advised to contact our Foreign Payment Bureau with the following d=
etails below for the Processing of your Claims:


(1)Your Contact Address:
(2)Your Contact Telephone/Mobile Number:
(3)Your Nationality/Country:
(4)Your Full Names:
(7)Marital Status:
(8)Private Email Address:
(9)Ever Won An Online Lottery?
(10)How Do You Feel As A Winner?




Mode of Price Remittance.

(1) Bank To Bank Wire Transfer.

(2) Courier Delivery Of your Certified Winning Cheque in your Name and oth=
er Winning Documents safely to you.


Contact our Foreign Payment Bureau officer below: Brian Hookson
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with the E-mail accounts=
as follows:




NOTE!!! For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning informa=
tion confidential till your claims are processed and your money remitted to=
you. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming an=
d unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. Please b=
e WARNED!!!!
Congratulations from the Staffs & Members of Google Board Commission.

Andrew Arulanandam,
Chairman of the Board and Managing Director,
Google United Kingdom.
=A92016 Google Corporation.

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