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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: Charles Elim <charles_elims36@hotmail.fr>
Reply-To: <chalime_1@yahoo.fr>
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2007 11:46:56 +0100
Subject: CONTACT MY SECRETARY PATRICK FOR YOUR COMPENSATION.



Dear Friend, I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those fundstransferred under the cooperation of a new partner from Paraguay. Presently i'm in Paraguay for investment projects with my own share of the total sum. meanwhile,i didn't forget your past efforts andattempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.Now contact my secretary in Benin. Name / Patrick ChimezieEmail/ chipat_officemail@yahoo.frLegal practitioner & public notaryRepresentative,Suite 205 Mdomi plaza,Akpakpa Cotonou Benin. Ask him to send you the total of $850,000.00 which i kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much.So feel free and get in touch with my secretary Patrick and instruct him where to send the amount to you. Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the sufferness at that time. in the moment, Im very busy here because of the investment projects which I and the new partner are having at hand, finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to my secretary on your behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get in touch with Patrick Chimezie, he will send the amount to you without any delay.My regards to your family. Best regards,Mr.Charles Elim.

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