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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: "" <>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2008 02:42:55 +0000
Subject: GOOD NEWS

Chevron Oil Corporation,
Chevron House,
30 Raffles Place,
#25-00 Singapore 048622.

Dear Sir/madam,

Please, If this Email Address Is For You, I wish to Congratulate You and Inform You that Your Urgent Attention Is Needed at Our Branch Office In the United Kingdom as We Have Good News For You.

I Advise You Contact The Officer-in-charge Within the Next 24hrs to Get the
News Of this Life Transforming Offer Coming to You From this Great Company.

Do Contact the Officer-in-charge With the Information Below:

Dr Michael Parkers
Understand that We are Not Disclosing the Good News via This Email, For Security Reasons

Yours Faithfully
Victoria Campbell(Mrs)
For the Chief Executive Officer(CEO),
Chevron Chevron Oil Corporation
Singapore, Asia.

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