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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: naomi abraham <>
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 12:13:29 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: From Naomi Abraham Cry For Help

From Naomi Abraham
Contact Eamil :


I am persuaded to reach you by faith believing that you will accept this offer in good faith. I am Naomi Abraham, the daughter of Mark U.Abraham. I am in the position of US$10.5 Million which I want to invest in a lucrative business venture in your country. This money is of no criminal origin as it was released from the alluvial gold dust sold during the war when my father the governor of Katanga Province. I now want to move this money abroad and invest it in a profitable ventures as time is now ripe for such move.

What I ask of you is :
1.To assist me transfer this fund to any stable country abroad.
2.To assist me invest this money in a profitable business venture in your country or any other suitable country where you have good connections.
3.To manage this fund in a profitable manner preferable a joint venture.
4.To help me relocate after the successful transfer of this fund to your account.
I will give you 20% for your kind assistance to me. I will give you further details as soon as I hear from you. Please, reply all correspondence to my private email box for easy communication and privacy of this proposal.
I wait for your response.

Best wishes
From Naomi Abraham

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