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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: "Darren W. Woods" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2022 13:11:34 +0100
Subject: From Darren W. Woods

Darren W. Woods.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Exxon Mobil U.S.A

Attention: Beneficiary

This is to inform you that our company Exxon Mobil have instructed
United Bank for Africa in New York to send your ATM CARD which we
have loaded your
contract accrued interest of $2.5 Million United States Dollars while
we are still working on how to release your full contract fund of $25
Million United States Dollars.

Further More kindly contact the ATM Head Department Director in New York :

Name: Mrs S. Ajayi


Request for your branded Exxon Mobile U.B.A CARD immediately because
is ready for immediate use by you and we are going to instruct the
U.B.A SWITZERLAND office to release your ATM PIN CODE.


Darren W. Woods.

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