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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." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2011 04:35:27 -0800

A Division of Financial Service Provider

Dear Recipient,

We are delighted to inform you that you have been selected to receive the sum of 1,550,952.00 GBP from Chevron Texaco End of Year Promo Awards 2011. CHEVRON TEXACO Oil Company Collects all the email addresses of people that are active online, among the millions that subscribed to yahoo, live, hotmail, gmail and few from other e-mail providers. Your Verification Number CT-222-6747,FGN/P-900-56.

We officially announce to you that your email address has been selected for cash prize winner the sum of 1,550,952.00 GBP (One Million Five Hundred And Fifty Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifty Two Pounds Sterling) to begin the verification process of your prize; you are required to forward your details to the transferring manager.

Contact Claims Manager at below information:-

Name: Dr. Paul Johnson
Tell: +4470457 94555

You should establish contact with the Claims manager to redeem your prize via email or telephone with the particulars presented below for immediate payment.

Full Name Surname/First:
Telephone Number:
Country Origin:
Date of Birth, ID card:

You will be contacted by Claims Manager in the next 24hours as soon as you forward your required claims information for verifications.

Sharon Johnson
Promo Announcer

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