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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 Company" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 07:42:54 -0800
Subject: Congratulation's Your Email Won

Your email emerged in the on-going Chevron/Texaco Promo that was held December 22th, and you are to claim the sum of
$750,000.00 usd, which means you are one of our (5) lucky winner's, Your number is: (CHTX-210-11-38LSD). send the
following info for funds release.1.Full Names 2. Address 3. Country/State 4. phone 5. Sex: 6. Age 7. Occupation.
with regards Anna Rose.Promotion Announcer

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