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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: "Diane Greene" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2019 07:21:06 -0800
Subject: Google Award Winner

Dear Google Award Winner,

Your Email Address has Luckily Won Nine Hundred and Forty Six Thousand Great British Pounds Sterling in the Google Award Grants 2019.
Kindly Confirm, Reception of this notification Email:
, so we can send you more details about your Google Award of Nine Hundred and Forty Six Thousand Great British Pounds Sterling and how to claim it.

Cheers & Congratulations.

Diane Greene
Senior Vice President of Google Cloud UK
Fax #: +44 843 524 1558

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