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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 INC." <>
Date: 13 Mar 2018 21:46:04 -0500

Google 13th Anniversary Awards Centre,

e House, 76 Buckingham Palace Road, London, United Kingdom

Hello Google User
Dear Award winner
Award Reference code: GOOGLE568A2013
File number: G8744

This is to inform you that you have won yourself an Award of One
Million Five Hundred Thousand Pounds (GBP£1,500,000) in the
Google 13th Years Anniversary Awards as organized by the
Anniversary Centre of Google Inc., held on 2nd January 2018 in
London, United Kingdom.

The Anniversary Centre of Google Inc as a part of their for-
profit philanthropic wing selected your email id as of one its 20
chosen fortunate winner to receive this award.
Awards MUST be claimed by the email owner ONLY, not later than 30
days from the day of notification.
Send your complete personal information like your names, age and
complete contact address with your Award Ref. and File no. to us
to enable us process your Prize; Please provide your: Full names,
Address, Passport or ID Card and Direct phone number to claim
your winning prize.
NOTE: Do Not Reply If You Are Not The Owner Of This Email

Google’s Chief Executive Officer: Mr. Eric E. Schmidt,
Mobile: +44 741 833 2263, Fax: +44 845 874 1763

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