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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: "Shell Oil Award Promo 2011" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 00:53:12 -0800
Subject: Congratulation Yo Have Won $1,000,000.00 USD On Shell Oil Award Promo 2011

International Prize Award Dept
Customer care
45A Virgina Street
Abuja Fct Nigeria PMB 35

Dear Lucky Winner,

We are delighted to inform you that your email address has luckily emerged as a winner of the Shell Petroleum Development Company Promotion award and you have won the prize sum of $1,000,000.00 usd(One Millon Dollars).

Your email address was selected by our Electronic Random Selection System (ERSS) from an exclusive list of e-mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies. No tickets were sold!!!

Your winning code number is identifed with:
winning code 344521

To file for Your Claims Please contact.
Name:Rev. Dr James Wilson
You are advice to provide him with your following information as stated below :

Telephone/Fax number:
Present Address:
Winning Code:

NOTE:1. All winnings must be claimed not later than 14 days and a WINNER will be responsible for any charge that may occure.

2. Your funds are protected by hard cover insurance policy until it is remitted to your account in your country.

Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.

Yours Faithfully,
Dr Ali Amiun
Lottery Coordinator.

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