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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: "SPDC HK, China" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <eglobal_select_1@yahoo.cn>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2009 07:08:37 -0700
Subject: Congratulations/Contact the fuduciary agent

Shell Petroleum Development Company
Shell Tower, Kennedy Brown Avenue,
Times Square Hong Kong, China

BATCH REF: SHHK/009/YY

This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of One Million United States Dollars (US$1,000,000.00) for the 2009 International E-mail Draw which is Organized by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC).

SPDC collects all the email addresses of the people that are active online, among the millions that subscribed to Yahoo, Aol, Walla,Gmail, Russian Mail, Hotmail and few from other e-mail providers. 100 people are selected yearly to benefit from this promotion and you are one of the Selected Winners this year by this great Oil company.

PAYMENT OF PRIZE AND CLAIM:

Winners shall be paid in accordance with payment arrangement worked by his/her Settlement Center. Shell Award must be claimed not later than final claim day from date of Draw Notification. Any Prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited.You have therefore been approved for the payment of the sum of US$1,000, 000, 00 in cash which is the winning present /amount for each winner. This is from the total prize money of US$6,000,000.00 shared among the Winners in this category.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Stated below is your identification number:

REFERENCE NUMBER: SPDC-081511

Please be informed that your funds (US$1,000,000.00) is now with the paying center. Contact your fiduciary agent in China [CHRIS LEE] and submit your full detail below so they will re-insure your winning prize under your full names and direct you to the accredited paying bank for your payment as your winning numbers payout fall within the China Mainland zone.

(SPDC FUDICIARY AGENT)
Name: CHRIS LEE (CLAIM AGENT)
E-Mail: eglobal_select_1@yahoo.cn
Tel: +8613129574362

He shall immediately commence the process that will facilitate the release of your fund to you. Fill the below form and send to your your fiduciary agent:

1. Full names:................................................................
2. Address:...................................................................
3. Country of origin:......................................................
4. Occupation:..............................................................
5. AGE:........................................................................
6. Phone number:..........................................................
7. Email Address:..........................................................

Once again, congratulations!!

Yours in service,

Lydia Jones
[Shell Publicity Secretary]

SHELL PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT COMAPANY (SPDC), WE ARE TRULLY THE OIL GIANT IN THE WHOLE WORLD!!!!

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