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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:

Date: Tue, 09 Nov 2010 21:13:21 -0600
Subject: South Africa Shell National Promo

South Africa Shell National Promo,
Johannesburg,South Africa.
22nd October,2010.
Congratulations as we announce to you that your email has been shortlisted
winner of R950,000(Nine Hundred And Fifty Thousand South African Rand)in the
South Africa SHELL PETROLEUM EMAIL INTERNATIONAL AWARD 2010 promotions program
held this last quater of year 2010.NOTE:To file for your claim, please contact
our South Africa Regional Shell coperate Office(Claim Department via
informations below with the requested informations.

Shell Petroleum Claim's Department
Mr Roy Powell(Claim Promo Officer)
Contact Direct Line:+27-78-160-3853
Find below your promotion date, Reference and Batch numbers. Remember to quote
these numbers in your correspondence to our claim's department.
(1) Ref No.SH/037/11/06/SA
(2) Batch No: JBSH/10/JB/SA
(3) Lucky No: 03-13-31.54-123
(4) Serial No: SHPTL/82536
(5) PROMOTION DATE: 22nd October,2010.

1. Full Name:..............
2. Address....................
3. Occupation:..............
4. Nationality...............
5. Tel No........................
6.Date Of Birth....................

Once again on behalf of all our staff and Managements we say CONGRATULATIONS!

South Africa Shell Promotion Award Team,
Johannesburg,South Africa.

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