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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: Paul Aboh <>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2008 04:19:56 +1000 (EST)
Subject: From Mr.Paul (pls Treat Urgent).

>From Mr Paul


My name is Paul Aboh, the manager of a bank in Abidjan Cote d Ivoire. I wish to seek your assistance over a transaction which is in my possession, involving a huge amount of money worth $13.500.000.00 (Thirteen million five hundred thousand US dollars).

At the conclusion of this business.You will be given 35% of the total amount,60% will be for me,while 5% will be for expences,both parties might have incured during the process of the transaction.

I intend to contact you on the transaction if we can be of assistance to each others. Please kindly note that this mail is only an appeal seeking your acceptance and will be appreciated if responded to. I intend to inform you on details of the transaction and modalities in executing this proposal on receipt of your email accepting to assist.

Please do kindly inform me on your interest in and confidentiality is assisting. Please kindly reply to my private email address( and I shall respond back with details and necessary information.

I thank you for your anticipated acceptance

Yours Sincerely
Mr.Paul Aboh

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