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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 Winning <>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 23:12:03 +0100
Subject: GOOGLE Winning Notification !!!

Google Promotion Award Department®
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway,
Mountain View,
CA 94043
United State Of America


Dear E-mail User, Congratulation's

GOOGLE Winning Notification !!!

We are pleased to once again congratulate you on this note that part
of our lucky winners selected this year. Your e-mail ID has emerged as
a winner of $2,754,000.00 in our on-going Google Promotion Award. 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, the Google ancillary
services, support fraud victims, support widows, uplift poverty
alleviation, charity aid, community development, improve the level of
education worldwide, encourage the use of Internet and computers
worldwide for vast knowledge and also increase the standard of living
of the less privileged. Hence we do believe that 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 th e most widely used search

The Google Promotion Award Team collects the E-mail ID of all active
users online, among the people that subscribed to GOOGLE SEARCH
ALTAVISTA, BIGPOND, FACEBOOK and all the social networks online, among
the billions users that subscribe to internet in which your email ID
emerged as one of the lucky winners that won $2,754,000.00 through
electronic balloting system without the winner applying, we are
congratulating you for been one of the lucky people that won for this
Month of August/September

A winning cheque of $2,754,000.00 will be issued on your name by
our fiduciary agent, and also a certificate of prize claims will be
sent alongside your winning cheque. Note that all winners cheque are
certified international bank draft, and when delivered and received by
you, you can deposit and cash it in any bank of your choice without
any delay.

To claim your won prize, please contact the Google Award claims
Fiduciary Agent (Mr Benson Stephen )neatly filling the verification
details below.
Mr Benson Stephen
Contact Email:

Kindly forward your verification details as stated below to the Google
Fiduciary Agent;

1. Full Name:
2. House Address:
3. Occupation:
4. Sex:
5. Age:
6. Marital Status:
7. Direct Phone No:
8. Country:
9. Ticket Number: 114252622727882
10. Serial Number SSD/8383738330/06
11.Lucky Number: 15-00-99-55-50-00(51)

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 winning and also sharing their pin numbers. As a
result of this, these friends try to claim the lottery on-behalf of
the real winners. The Google Promotion Award Team has reached a
decision that any double claim discovered by the Lottery Board will
result to the cancellation of that particular winning, making a loss
for both the double claimer and the real winner, as it is taken that
the real winner was the informer to the double claimer
About the lottery. So you are hereby strongly advised once more to
keep your winnings strictly confidential until you claim your prize.
Please do not reply if you are NOT the owner of this Email-ID.
Congratulations from the Staffs & Members of Google Board Commission.

Mrs. Charlene Richards.

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