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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: "Philip Cross" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2019 12:37:58 +0200
Subject: Re: Funds

Dear Sir/Madam
I am Philip Cross, representing the operation and corporate affairs in contract related matters with Exxon Mobil in London ( Exxon Mobil is one of the World Largest oil producing and Management Company with over 1.2 Trillion pounds Capital contract Investment.
As a senior operational and corporate affairs representative of Exxon Mobil that handle contract related matters, I successfully over invoiced a contract few years back which is not known by anybody and, I need your full cooperation and partnership to re-profile this contract funds amounting to US$13.7M to your name as the contractor that executed this contract few years back.
I will let you have the details, but in summary, the fund would be paid to you through a financial institution where it is presently deposited as soon as the filing and documentation process is concluded in your name. This is a legitimate transaction without government interference and at the completion of this transaction; the sharing rates shall be 60% for me, 40% for you.
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 on my email upon the receipt of this mail.
Best Regards.
Philip Cross

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