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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: "Office Contact" <>
Date: 06 Jun 2016 19:13:14 +0200
Subject: URGENT

In my search for a business partner i got your contact in google
search. My name is Melvin L.L.Ikechukwu and I am the former
Minister of Road and sports. i have invested a lot of money in
the petroleum industry which i bought share but over a year plus
we are having problem with the local community of the oil rich
state for compensation of the land which lead the Militant of the
state of bombing oil well of Chevron and other oil companies in
the state.

Because of this problem I sold my share worth $50,000,000.00
Million and i want use my money to come to your country with my
wife and kids to invest.

I need your assistance and I need to know what area of business
are you into? i am interested in the area of investment like: Oil
& Gas, Agriculture, Aviation, Tourism, Retail, Real Estate &
Construction, IT & Communications, Engineering, Utilities,
Telecoms, Mining, Maritime Sector and Entertainment industries.

Which of the area of investment you can invest this funds with
any of the above? I also hope you have a clean record in your
country to invest funds because i will not like to lose our

You can see i sold my share with the oil companies to raise these
funds and this fund is my life which i will not joke with it.

I have gone through your profile online and i can see you have a
good record on my search on google lookup. I hope i can trust

We can make a plan for a long term business relationship.

My wife said she have been calling you on phone but no answer
from you, I hope we have the right phone number.

Get back to us soon.

Regards for on behalf of my Family
Tel: +44 703197576

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