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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2006 20:05:25 +0100


The Crude Oil Shell -Lotto Lottery

(Customer Services)
Ref: UK/5330X2/68
Batch: 066/05/ZY288

We happily announce to you the draw (#2005) of the CRUDE OIL SHELL -LOTTO NATIONAL
LOTTERY,online Crude Oil International program held on Wednesday 22nd of march 2006.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 8875600545 178 with Serial number 4463/01 drew
the lucky numbers: 08-17-17-96-36-69 (bonus no.10), which subsequently won you the lottery in the 1st
category i.e match 5. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of €2.000.000. (TWO
MILLION EUROS) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.This is from a total cash prize of
€38,000,000 shared amongst the (19) lucky winners in this category i.e Match 5 plus bonus of the crude
oil shell lotto.
All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through
computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that
are listed online. This promotion takes place yearly.

Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in
Europe as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your of €2,000.000 (TWO MILLIONS EUROS)
would be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.
Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds
as soon as you contact him. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information
confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit
to claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted
abuse of this program. Please be warned. To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:

DR Bright Phillip
from me and members of staff of the CRUDE OIL SHELL-LOTTO

Yours faithfully,
Ruth K. Lloyd.
Online coordinator for CRUDE OIL SHELL-LOTTO LOTTERY
Crude Oil International Program.

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