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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 Notification Inc" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2019 00:36:44 +0100

Oakfield Road, Moss Ln
United Kingdom.
Winning No: GOUK/7828/2019
Ticket No: GOUK/7828/2019
Notification: 2019


We wish to congratulate you on this note, for being part of our
selected winners in our just concluded internal promotion draw this
year, this promotion was set-up to encourage the active users of the
Google search engine and the Google ancillary services.

Hence we do believe with your winning prize, you will continue to be
an active patronage to the
Google search engine and 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 ran an online e-mail beta draw
which your email address won Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great
British Pounds Sterling (£950,000.00). We wish to formally announce to
you that you have successfully passed the requirements, statutory
obligations, verifications, validations and satisfactory report Test
conducted for all online winners.

A winning check will be issued in your name by Google Promotion Award;
for the sum of Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great British Pounds
Sterling (£950,000.00) and also a certificate of prize claims will be
sent alongside your winning check cashable at any bank.

You are advised to contact your Foreign Transfer Manager with the
following details to avoid unnecessary delay and complications:


(1) Your Contact Address/Private Email Address.
(2) Your Tel/Fax Numbers.
(3) Your Nationality/Country.
(4) Your Full Name.
(5) Occupation/Company.
(6) Age/Gender.
(7) Ever Won An Online Lottery?

Paul Buchheit (Program Coordinator)


Mode of Price Remittance

*Cash Pick-Up (You as the Beneficiary coming down to the United
Kingdom to receive your Award Personally).

*Courier Delivery of your Certified Winning Cheque in your Name and
other Winning Documents safely to you.

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 from its
headquarters that any double claim discovered by the Lottery Board
will result to the canceling of that particular winning, leading to 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.

Congratulations from the Staffs & Members of the Google interactive
Lotteries Board Commission.

Yours faithfully,

Lawrence Page
Co-founder of Google™

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