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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: "Eileen Naughton" <>
Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2019 12:19:02 -0700
Subject: 2019 Google-Terms & Privacy

You have been selected as a winner for using Google services as a
Beneficiary of GBP 950,000.00 as confirmed by our co-sponsors
MasterCard & Visa Contact the payment team with your claim information
as required below:

1) Full Names:
2) Address:
3) Phone Number:
4) Private Email:
5) Age:
6) Occupation:
7) Sex:

Send All response via email,
Eileen Naughton
Managing director of the UK & Ireland president
of people operations worldwide On Behalf of Sundar Pichai.CEO
Copyright mark 2019 Google-Terms & Privacy

Anti-fraud resources: