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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" <>
Date: Thu, 09 Jun 2016 21:45:38 +0300
Subject: Award

Subject: my subject Google UK Ltd Belgrave House 76 Buckingham Palace Road =
London SW1W 9TQ United Kingdom. Ref No: GFSP/ 7748/782/2015 Batch: GFSP/ 95=
5/GPWIN/UK OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION LETTER. It is obvious that this notificati=
on will come to you as a surprise but please find time to read it carefully=
as we congratulate you over your success in the following official publica=
tion of results of the E-mail Electronic Online Sweepstakes Organized by Go=
ogle, in conjunction with the foundation for the Promotion of Software Prod=
ucts, (F.P.S.) held on May 1st 2016 here in London UK.Google earns its prof=
it mainly from advertising using their very own Google search engine, Gmail=
, Yahoo,Hotmail ,All E-mail service Google 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 Twel=
ve (12) selected winners in the ongoing E-mail Electronic Online Sweepstake=
s. Hence we do believe with your prize, you will continue to be active in y=
our patronage to Google and its Products. A Bank Draft of 950,000.00 GBP {N=
ine Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great British Pounds} will be issued in your=
name by our Foreign Payment Bureau and also a certificate of prize claim w=
ill be sent alongside your Bank Draft. You are advised to contact our Forei=
gn Payment Bureau with the following details below for the Processing of yo=
ur Claims: FOREIGN PAYMENT RELEASE FORM. (1)Your Contact Address: (2)Your C=
ontact Telephone/Mobile Number: (3)Your Nationality/Country: (4)Your Full N=
ames: (5)Occupation: (6)Age/Gender: (7)Marital Status: (8)Private Email Add=
ress: (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 O=
f your Certified Winning Cheque in your Name and other Winning Documents sa=
fely to you. =85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=
=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85 Contact our Foreign Pay=
ment Bureau officer below: Angus Bellani Senior Vice President and Chief Fi=
nancial Officer with the E-mail accounts as follows: Email: angusbellani@gm= =85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=
=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85=85 NOTE!!! For security reasons,=
you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your cl=
aims are processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our prec=
autionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this pr=
ogram by some unscrupulous elements. Please be WARNED!!!! Congratulations f=
rom the Staffs & Members of Google Board Commission. James Hoff Chairman of=
the Board and Managing Director, Google United Kingdom. =A92016 Google Cor=

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