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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:

Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:55:46 +0000

Address Calle Gran VIA 28,
Date: 11th July 2014

Attn; Sir/Madam

We are pleased to inform you that your name has won COMPENSATION Award
from Shell & REPSOL Petroleum Development Company Award Anniversary as
organized by Shell and Repsol. Held on 22/06/2014 in Spain.

In compensation of best individual consumers of the year. (Example;
Best fuel consumer / Gas Consumer, to their various cars etc..) .Shell
and Repsol randomly selected names through a computer ballot system
to receive an award of ($980,000 US) dollars each as part of our
non-profit philanthropic wing promotion.The online award draws was
conducted from an exclusive list of 25,000 individuals e-mail
addresses worldwide, picked by an advanced automatic random computer
search from the internet. No tickets were sold. After the automated
computer ballot, your e-mail was emerged as one of the five winners in
the category ‘A’ with the following: Award Reference code:
(SHELLREPSOL568A014) File number (SpXX201E) Awards MUST be claimed by
the beneficiary alone. Send us the following items below, immediately
you receive this notification email to enable us commence the process
of your claim. Immediately we receive your full informations we shall
forward it to our paying out bank, for the rel
ease of your winning priz

1. Full name:
2. Country:
3. Contact Address:
4. Contact Number:
5. Marital Status:
6. Occupation:


Don Hugo Lucas
Claim Agent

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