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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 and Gas Company <>
Date: Sat, 06 Aug 2011 18:24:11 +1000

Chevron Texaco Oil and Gas Company.
Chevron House,1 Westferry Circus
Canary Wharf London
E14 4HA (United Kingdom DISTRICT)
Our Reference: CHT 2011/19513-10.
Our Batch: 24/00319/CHT

Dear Lucky Winner,

This is to inform you that, You have won a prize Amount of
$500,000.00 USD (Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)
for the Yearly Email Lottery promotion which is organized by
Chevron Texaco Oil and Gas Company. Your Email was selected by
the Microsoft Corporation which Always Supplied this Company With
Fifty Thousand Email Addresses Of Active Internet Users Yearly.
After your Email Address are Been Submitted to Us For the Random
Selection By Microsoft
Corporation, we only select five people as our winners, through
electronic balloting System without the winner applying.

hese are your identification numbers:
Ticket Number: 07911425896/2000
Serial Number: 3872/506
Lucky Numbers:7/4/88/28/01/40

To begin the processing of your prize you are to contact the
remittance department with the email address provided below
through our accredited Prize Transfer agents as stated below:

Contact Person: Mr. James Robinson
Direct Phone Number: +447031844379
You are also advised to provide him with the under listed
information as soon as possible:
Claims Requirements:
1. full Name:.
2. Address:.
3. Sex/Age:.
4. Nationality:.
5. Occupation:.
6. Phone/Fax:.
7. Country:.

Congratulations once again!
With Best Regards
Mrs. Jane Andrew
For the Chief Executive Officer (CEO),
Chevron Texaco Oil and Gas Company London, United Kingdom.
@ Copyright @ 2011 Chevron Texaco Oil And Gas Lottery.

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