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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: "Mr. Peter Alexandra," <>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2022 11:49:14 -0700
Subject: Re....

Exxon Mobil House
Ermine Way
Leather head
Surrey, KT22 8UX.
Reply (


I am Mr. Peter Alexandra, representing the operation and corporate
affairs in contract related matters of 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$12.2M to your name as the contractor
that executed this contract in Asia few years.

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 fill your date's stated
below to enable me arrange legal documents that will proof you as a
sole contractor with EXXON MOBIL:

(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:

please for security reasons. Get back to me as soon as possible For
more details about the funds. please reply me
through my alternative email (
security reasons.

Best Regards.
Mr. Peter Alexandra,
Operation and Corporate Affairs Officer
Exxon Mobil London.

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