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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
Date: Tue, 09 Dec 2014 23:23:53 -0800
Subject: REPLY NOW
I am Mr. Peter Alexandra, a representative of Exxon Mobil
in London (http://www.exxonmobil.com). 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 US$2.5M to
your name as the contractor that executed this contract in
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:
(8) Age and Marital Status:
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.
Mr. Peter Alexandra.