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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: "David" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 17 May 2017 23:46:34 -0700
Subject: Congratulations!!

Congratulations!! We are pleased to inform you that your email address has won you a cash prize in Google Anniversary that was organized by Google Inc., held here in Turkey Istanbul. Your email addresses was randomly selected through a computer ballot system to receive an award of One Million United States Dollars ($1.000,000.00).This promotion was set-up to encourage the active users of the Google search engine and the Google ancillary services. Google is now the biggest search engine worldwide and in an effort to make sure that it remains the most widely used search engine, we run an online e-mail test which your email address won $1.000,000,00 {One Million United States Dollars} Ticket Number: 719 226 1319 Serial Number: 902-66 You are to provide the below personal information with your TICKET NUMBER to enable us process your claim; 1. Full name: 2. Age: 3. Address: 4. Telephone: 5. Occupation: 6.Country: Congratulations from the Staffs & Members of Google Board Commission!!! Your's Faithfully Signed Mr. Jim David. Google Anniversary Promotion

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