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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 Online Award Promo." <>
Date: Wed, 05 Aug 2020 10:20:36 -0700
Subject: Google Online Award Promo Team!,


Your Email Address have been selected as one (1) of (10) winners in this month’s Google Grant online splash promo selected from The Middle East/Asian/Australian region by our Internet

processing unit. Our Ten (10) winners have been selected from five continents currently connected to the Google network. Award is attached to ticket number (5647600545189) and ballot number (BT: 12052006/20).

Please, keep your winning information's very confidential from the public for security reasons, as we have had cases where the last winners complain of someone else claiming their prize.

Your User name as the 5th beneficiary in this promo was chosen at random by our Digital Random Internet Processing Service Asia Pacific and your reward is coming from the interests generated from advertising and copyrights from the Google network. Congratulations once again from Google award department. You are entitled to a surprise package worth the sum of $950,000. (Nine Hundred and fifty thousand dollars Only).

Contact Our Online Award Coordinator directly with the below information;

Residential Contact Address:----------?


Phone Number:--------------?

Email Address:------------------?

Ticket Number:--------------------?

Ballot Number {BT}:----------------?

How Do You Feel As A Winner:---------?
Mr. Thomas Thurman
Google Online Award Coordinator
Contact Email:
Send your information to this email
Claims instructions and payment advice will be notified to all winners through our Online Award Coordinator.

Robert Hawks
Fiduciary Agent
Google Online Award Promo Team!

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