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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: 27 Jul 2018 02:15:49 -0700
Subject: OPPORTUNITY.....

Hello Sir/Madam.

I am Mr. Peter Alexandra , a representative of Exxon Mobil in
London ( Exxon Mobil is one of the
World Largest Fund Management Company with over 1.2 Trillion
pounds Capital contract Investment.

As a senior representative of Exxon that handle contract related
matters,I over invoiced a contract which is not known by anybody
and, I need your full cooperation and partnership to re-profile
funds amounting to US$12.2M to your name as the contractor that
executed this contract in Asia.

The fund will be paid to you through a Finance Company where it
is presently deposited as soon as the filing and documentation
process is concluded in your name because the contract was
executed by Exxon Mobil United Kingdom in Asia.

Most importantly, you will be required to:
(1). Stand as the beneficiary / contractor with Exxon Mobil to
receive the funds as I will present you before the firm with
legal documents.
(2). Receive the funds into a business/personal bank account in
your country.
(3). At the completion of this transaction, the sharing rates
shall be
60% for me, 40% for you.
(4) Full Names;
(5) Contact Address:
(6) Direct Telephone No:
(7) Occupation:
(8) Age and Marital Status:

Note: Do not contact my office number or company email for
security reasons. Get back to me as soon as possible For more
details about the funds.

Best Regards.
Mr. Peter Alexandra

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