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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: "Chevron Texaco Oil & Gas Company" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2009 20:04:39 +0100
Subject: Chevron Endowment Award

Chevron Texaco Oil and Gas Company,
Chevron House,
30 Raffles Place, #25-00
Singapore 048622.

Dear Sir/Madam,

Good day to You and Compliment Of the Season. My name Is Mrs. Diana Lee
and I am the Company's Secretary Of Chevron Texaco Oil and Gas
Company In Singapore (ASIA DISTRICT).

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 Incharge Within the Next 24hrs to Get the News Of
this Life Transforming Offer Coming to You From this Great Company.
Do Contact the Officer-incharge via email With the Information Below:

Name: Eng. Daren Woodgate {Mr.}.
Phone No: +44-702-402-9966

Understand that We are Not Disclosing the Good News via This Email, For
Security Reason as the Information to Be Given to You are Vital and
Sensitive and Will Be Explained in Details as Soon as You Contact the
Officer With the Above Information.

I want to Congratulate You In Advance and Please Do Not Forget to Help
the Poor In the Society When Chevron Texaco Makes You a Beneficiary
Of their World Of Wealth.

Yours Faithfully,
Jennifer Lubert.
For the Chief Executive Officer (CEO),
Chevron Texaco Oil and Gas Company,
Singapore, Asia.

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