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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 Admin <>
Date: Thu, 02 Sep 2021 02:55:01 +0200
Subject: =?utf-8?q?Re=3A_Google-Verg=C3=BCtung?=

Hallo Beg=FCnstigter,
Bei der k=FCrzlich abgeschlossenen Google Online-Verlosung 2021 erhalten S=
ie als aktiver Nutzer den Betrag von 950,000 GBP. Bitte antworten Sie mit d=
en Details unten f=FCr weitere Informationen und best=E4tigen Sie. Ihr Gewi=
nncode lautet GFP/875/GPWIN/EU.
(1) Ihre Adresse....
(2) Handynummer....
(3) Nationalit=E4t....
(4) Vollst=E4ndiger Name....
(5) Beruf....
(6) Geschlecht....
(7) Sprechen Sie Englisch?
Wir begl=FCckw=FCnschen Sie im Namen des Google-Teams.
Herr Larry, Google Online Director
Buckingham Palace Road,
WC2H 8AG London, Gro=DFbritannien.

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