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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: Peter Alexandra <>
Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2022 22:45:28 +0100
Subject: Urgent Reply

ExxonMobil House
Ermyn Way
Surrey, KT22 8UX.

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 £12.5M (Twelve Million Five Hundred
Thousand British Pounds) 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:
(9) Means of Identification:

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. For further inquiries contact me through my private email
addresses:( all email be
through my private email addresses.

Best Regards.
Mr.Peter Alexandra

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