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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:

Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2019 10:31:22 -0400
Subject: =?utf-8?q?Herzliche_Gl=C3=BCckw=C3=BCnsche_!!?=

Sehr geehrter Begünstigter,

Herzliche Glückwünsche !! Herzliche Glückwünsche !! Herzlichen Glückwunsch !!,

Sie wurden als aktiver Nutzer als Gewinner ausgewählt, um die Summe von £ 950.000,00 für die gerade abgeschlossene Google Online-Ziehung 2019 zu erhalten. Mit den unten stehenden Details erhalten Sie weitere Informationen und Schadensersatzansprüche. Ihre Gewinnzahl ist GFP / 955 / GPWIN / US

(1) Ihre Adresse ..........
(2) dein Handy ........
(3) Ihre Nationalität .........
(4) dein vollständiger Name ......
(5) Beruf .........
(6) dein Geschlecht ........
(7) Sprichst du Englisch?

Wir gratulieren Ihnen im Namen des Google-Teams. Vergütungsausschuss
Mr. Larry,
Online Director von Google
+44 (0) 207505786, +31686445100
76 Buckingham Palace Road
WC2H 8AG London, Großbritannien.

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