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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 Community Team"<>
Date: Thu, 08 Sep 2022 10:30:35 -0700
Subject: =?utf-8?b?VHfDs2ogZS1tYWlsIHd5Z3JhbCDCozk1MC4wMDAuMDAg?=

Jako aktywny u=17Cytkownik Twoja wiadomo=15B=107 e-mail wygra=142a 950 000,=
00 GBP w niedawno zako=144czonym losowaniu nagr=F3d Google Online w 2022 r.=
Aby uzyska=107 wi=119cej informacji, odpowiedz, podaj=105c poni=17Csze szc=
zeg=F3=142y. Tw=F3j zwyci=119ski kod to GFP/875/GPWIN/EU.
(1) Tw=F3j adres...
(2) numer telefonu kom=F3rkowego.....
(3) Narodowo=15B=107.....
(4) Imi=119 i nazwisko.....
(5) Zaw=F3d......
(6) P=142e=107....
(7) Czy m=F3wisz po angielsku?
Gratulacje w imieniu zespo=142u Google.

Pan Larry, dyrektor internetowy Google
Droga Pa=142acu Buckingham,
WC2H 8AG Londyn, Wielka Brytania.

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