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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: Murry Auchincloss <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 04:02:38 +0100
Subject: ATTENTION!!!!


I am finalizing this transaction of mutual benefits. It may seem strange to
you, but it is real. This is a transaction that has no risk at all, due
process shall be followed and it shall be carried out under the ambit of
the financial laws.

Being the Chief Financial Officer, BP Plc. I want to trust and put in your
care Eighty Four Million British Pounds Sterling, The funds were acquired
from an over-invoiced payment from a past contract executed in one of my
departments. I can't successfully achieve this transaction without
presenting you as foreign contractor who will provide a bank account to
receive the funds.

Documentation for the claim of the funds will be legally processed and
documented, so I will need your full cooperation on this matter for our
mutual benefits. We will discuss details if you are interested to work with
me to secure this funds. I will appreciate your prompt response in every
bit of our communication. Stay Blessed and Stay Safe.

Best Regards
[image: Murray Auchincloss, CFO, BP]
Murray Auchincloss
Chief financial officer
BP Plc.

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