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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: "Shell Lotto" <>
Date: 16 Aug 2018 11:59:00 -0700
Subject: Re: Attention

Dear Sir


Final Award Notification!!!

This is to inform you that your Email Address have emerged among
the winner of the Shell Lottery Award Program this end of the
year Promo sponsored by the Shell International Oil and Gas
United Kingdom. You have been approved to claim the total sum of
STERLING) from our claims agent Mr Benson Milton. Your email
address was obtained from an electronic selection of all
Engineering Company Emails round the globe and was attached to a
lucky ticket which has made you the winner of the 2016/2017 Shell
Lottery Draw. Therefore to receive your Payment amount, you are
required to send the following through e-mail to Mr Benson Milton
your claims with the details stated below:

Contact Agent Name: Mr. Benson Milton
Email Address:
Phone Number: +448709454554

First Name:
Last Name:
Contact Number:
Date Of Birth:
Winning numbers (1 6 9 90 46 93 7)

He shall direct you on how to receive your prize. You are
therefore advised to contact him as soon as you receive this
notification to avoid delay as you are the only winner left to
claim the fund.

Best Wishes,
Mrs. Karen Richardson
(Publicity Announcing Officer)
Shell Promotion Department
Dispatch Center.49 Brussel Grove.
London NWI6DS United Kingdom.

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