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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: "nadine tarabi" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 08:43:03 +0000
Subject: From Miss Nadine Tarabi

>From Miss Nadine Tarabi
West Africa
Kindly accept my apology for sending unsolicited mail to you. Iam composing
this mail with my eyes full of tears, hoping and praying that as the good
Lord has direct me to you, that my difficulty are over. I believe you are a
respected person, so I decide to contacting you for this vitalu business. I
am Miss Nadine Tarabi from Ivoiry Coast, in Africa, I am a young girl I
lose my parent some time ago. I inherited an important sum of money from my
late father. Mr.Joseph Tarabi, who was a prominente gold and diamond dealer
in my country, he died in the recent crisis here in Cote d'Ivoire as plan by
his enemies who are greedy over his wealth. And my mother die when I was a
little child and am the only child. I wish to requesti for your assistant in
invest this money in lucrativ venture under your directives and guardian in
your country as my father suggested investment on Real estate, Shares, or
Hotel business before his death.

I want you to assist me for the transfer of this sum of (USD$10.000,000.00)
into your account in your country. my late father acquire the money from his
gold and diamond busines here in our country before he was killed by his
enemies. The money is deposit in a fixed account in a bank in my country. I
need you to stand for me as my appoint foreign guardian in the bank to
receive the money into your account. So I will give you the contact of the
bank where the money is deposite for you to contact them on my behalf
and discuss with them for this transfer since I do not know anything about
bank /financial issues. I will come over to your country to stay
and continue my educetion after the money is transferred into your nominate
account, while you shall invest the money into profitable investmente in
your town in your country.

I will be gladly give you 30% of the total sum for your assistant for the
transfer while I pray that you do not betray me at last. Please contact me
immediate you finiss reading my maile for more details about the
transactione so that you and l can go into the transactione with the bank as
i will give you all the necesary informatione and the bank detail.


I awaiting your reply urgent. Thank,

Yours Faithful,
Nadine Tarabi


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