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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 martin <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 20:23:27 +0100 (BST)
Subject: From: Paul Martin

From: Paul Martin.

Hello Dear,

My name is Paul Martin and my junior sister is Deborah
Martins we are the only children of late Dr and Mrs
Nana Martins, Before the death of our father he was a
big exporter of Cocoa and coffee in Cote D’ivoire. our
father was killed by the rebels group in Cote

He give us a secret concerning a deposit he made in
security company in Abidjan Cote d'ivoire West Africa.
He deposit the sum of US$18. 5 million dollars in my

I would love you to come here in person so that we
will meet face to face to be able to go together to
the security company to move this money out of
security company in Cote d’Ivoire.

Our fathers relatives made some attempts on our life
in order to inherite our fathers wealth. Due to this
attitude of our father's relatives, since our mother
was already dead, We decided to run to Abidjan where
we are presently living in a Pastors house.

I am sincerely solicit your assistance to help us move
the moeny for investment in your country. Your reward
for the assistance your are to render to me is
negotiable. Please do reply to this email address:

Sincerely yours,
Paul Martins.

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