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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: "Pius Odogwu" <>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 14:20:22 +0200

*[image: Shell home]* <>**

*Attn, My Dear,*
My name is Mr Pius Odogwu and i am the Director General, SHELL PETROLEUM
COMPANY PLC LOME TOGO REPUBLIC. I have contacted you because I need a
foreign partner to carry out this transaction for me and other two

We want to Transfer the sum of( 5.5 Million) Euros into your account.This
is from
the excess revenue made secretely on the sales of crude oil last year 2007.
The company that i normally use for this type of transfer before is Mr. Rob
Routs the C.E.O of Shell Petroleum Company in Kuwait, but recently their has
been some misunderstanding between me and the C.E.O in person.this is why i
have contacted you to to do it for me without trace.

(1)Your Full Names:.........................
(2)Contact Address:.........................
(3)Phone/fax numbers:.....................

i am willing to offer you 35% for your assistance *
** **
*As soon as i hear from you i will go directly to AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
PLC and submitte the application claim on your behalf to enable them
transfer the fund without any further delay.

Best Regards

Mr Pius Odogwu.*

*Tel:00-228-990-4309. *

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