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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 14 Dec 2013 19:12:00 +0530


Shell Center, London, SE1 7NA - United Kingdom
Incorporation Barley House, Hare Road
Sutton, Great Britain SM1 4te, United Kingdom.

This is to inform you that your Email Address has won you Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds ( £500,000.00.GBP ) in the 2013 UK SHELL OIL Email Award which was organized by UK SHELL OIL COMPANY , every (1) year. in UK.

UK SHELL OIL COMPANY collects all the email addresses of the people that are active online, among the millions that subscribed to worldwide E-mail- data base, and few from other e-mail providers. Six people are selected every One year to benefit from this promotion and you are one of the Selected Winners.

You as well as the other winner are therefore to receive a cash prize of (£500,000.00 GBP) each from the total payout. your prize awards has been insured with your e-mail address and will be transferred to your local bank account upon meeting our requirements, statutory obligations, verifications, validations and satisfactory report

Winners shall be paid in accordance with his/her Settlement Center. UK Shell Prize Award must be claimed no later than 30th days, from date of Draw Notification. Any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited.

Stated below are your identification numbers:
Ticket Winning Number (UK/0147X4/74),
Reference Number 9-11-13-19-37-3-4,
Serial Number. 8501-07

These numbers fall within the United Kingdom Location file, you're requested to contact our approved Payment Officer (Mr. Frank Jones)
in United Kingdom and send the above winning identification numbers and below application form to him for
Payment of your

Mr. Frank Jones
(Prize Administrator)
Tel: +447014233079
Tel: +447010041748

You're required to fill in the below application form for claims

1. Full Names:
2. Full Home Address:
3. Sex:
4. Nationality:
5. Age:
6. Current City:
7. Occupation:
8. Mobile Number;
9. Winning E-mail Address:
10. Winning Amount:
11. Scan Copy of Your Identity Proof:

I wish as the beneficiary, to claim and instruct that the above mentioned fund be handed over to me at the earliest I hope my application will be favorably granted by your good office.
Thanks for your anticipated co-operation.
Yours faithfully,

Congratulations!!! Once again,

(Information Officer)

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