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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!

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Fraud email example:

From: "dimitri tarasov" <>
Date: Sat, 06 Jan 2007 14:56:20 +0100
Subject: ATTN SIR


Compliments I am dimtri vladmirovich Tarasov, I have a 14years working
experience with Oskol Electric steel Works Belgorod province, Stary_ Oskol ,
Russia . Presently I’ve retired from the company after complications
resulting from my dealings with prestigious and infamous arms dealers.

I retired in August 2005 and I, my wife and men of equal of status resolved
and formed a conglomerate. when I was at oskol electric steel works, I was
the Director for strategy and planning, then at oskol we supplied legally to
some companies/industries (which I don't see very necessary naming due to
security reasons) oxidized pellets and rolled steel for the productions of
missile casings, bullet proof cars and ammunitions of different category.

I started having problems with oskol electric steel works when a Russian
national oleg orlov wanted on illegal weapons trading was arrested at
boryspil airport, Kyiv Czech republic. It was alleged that he delivered the
weapons through with the state-run Ukraine ’s weapons exporting agency,
ukrspetseksport. In custody of the Czech officials, he mentioned my name as
being an unseen underground "Russian mafia" who supports arms trade and
supplies rolled/bar steel and oxidized pellets at cheaper rates for
production of ammunitions, I faced so much pressure from Russian government,
so I had to retire without any benefits.
after all this i decided, with the financial support and strong advisory
support from men of equal status and connections i have and in the "Kremlin"
to procure some arms, missiles& sophisticated military munitions and made a
trip to Kazanluk, Bulgaria and participated in the arms bazaar hosted by the
Syrian Monzar Al Kasaar, which after making very successful sales i used the
bounty in the development of my mini-steel processing unit, although our arc
furnace and oxidized pellet mill are all most of the same designs with oskol
electric steel works.

Presently we (the conglomerate) have decided to host our own arms bazaar
location withheld for security reasons. We have in our possession
bullet-proof cars, missile casings, arms from Vulcan arms, colt, Yugoslavian
made AK-47's, krinkov arms and colts for sale at a much subsidized rate. So
we confidentially ask you to make your interest known through the above
E-mail address below for further details.
Thanks in anticipation.

NB; reply through my private

Dimitri .v. Tarasov

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