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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:

Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:14:21 +0000 (UTC)

Dear friend,
This message might come to you in utmost surprise, I am Mr. Abiye Membere,  Ex. Group Managing Director (Exploration & Production) Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. I have a business proposal which involves  $35m USD, (Thirty Five Million United States dollars only). Accrues from excess SUBSIDY APPROPRIATION.

However, you will be required to: (A) Assist in the transfer of the said funds (B) Advise on lucrative areas of investment (C) Assist us in the proposed investment company.

After successful transfer, we shall share in the ratio of 30% for you and 65% for us while 5% for expenses. If you will be interested, please contact me through my private email address so that I can give you more information on how we would handle this project, so as to commence the arrangements.
I look forward for your kind and positive response to my private email

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Abiye Membere

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