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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: "MR.Charles Elim" <>
Reply-To: "MR.Charles Elim" <>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 01:46:20 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Hello Friend,

Hello Friend,

I did not forgot your past effort and attempts to assist me, now I'm happy to inform you that i have succeeded in getting those funds transferred under
the cooperation of a new partner from Mexico.

Now Contact my secretary ask him for ($2.500,000) for your compensation,his name is
Mr.Ben Mark.
Mobile number +229 99 185 455.

Re-confirm to him with the under listed details:

Your name.......
Direct Phone no.......
Your photo Id.....

MR.Charles Elim

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