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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: jerry brown <test@bigfork.k12.mt.us>
Reply-To: <jerry.brown1800@hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2011 23:13:47 +0800
Subject: CHEVRON/TEXACO OIL COMPANY

CHEVRON/TEXACO OIL COMPANY
10BC CHEVRON LAYOUT, LEVEL 3
BROKLIN RD LONDON UK.
contact Mr Jerry brown +447031848574
Contact me via email:jerry.brown19000@hotmail.com

Dear

CONGRATULATIONS!CONGRATULATIONS!!CONGRATULATION!!!

You have been selected in the on-going Chevron/Texaco award held this January 2011.
We the promo board are pleased to inform you that you have been approved for a payment of One Million Dollars($1,000,000,00 usd). If you receive this email, it means you are one of the five(5) lucky winners. Your verification number is: (CT-222-6747,FGN/P-900-56). CLAIMS PROCESSING OFFICER:

You are advice to forward below information to us for the processing of your wining.

Contact me via email:jerry.brown19000@hotmail.com

Your Full Name

Your Address:

Your Phone Number:

Your Country

Your Occupation:

Your Age:

Your Status

Mr Jerry Brown
Online Co-ordinator.


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