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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Luzstella Tarboda" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 16:44:23 -0700
Subject: LET ME KNOW.

From Mrs.Luz Stella Tarboda.

Hello My Dear friend,
Forgive my indignation if this message comes to you as a surprise and may
offend your personality for contacting you
without your prior consent and writing through this channel.I got your
contact from searching for a reliable and honest person that will assist me
safeguard fund .divinely inspired to pick your name among other names
after series of prayers and fasting for Gods direction.

I am Mrs.Luz Stella Tarboda. person from Colombia undergoing medical
treatment. I was married to Dr. Castillo Tarboda who worked with Malaysia
embassy in South Africa for nine years before he died in the year 2000.We
were married for twenty years without a child. He died after a brief illness
that lasted for only four days. Before his death we were both born again
Christians. Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child
outside my matrimonial home.When my late husband was alive he deposited the
sum of $10.6 (Ten Million six hundred thousand U.S.Dollars)with one
finance/security company in EUROPE.Presently,this money is still with the
Security Company.

Recently,my Doctor told me that I have six months to live as I am terminally
ill with cancer.Though what disturbs me most is my partial paralysis.
Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a church/mosque
or better still a Christian,Moslem, individual or Hurricane Katrina victim
that suvives that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct
here . I want a church/Mosque or individual that will use this to fund or,
orphanages or and widows propagating the word of God or to the survive
victim of the KatrinaHurricane and to ensure that the house of God is
maintained.They said blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision
because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and my husband's
relatives are not Christians and I don't want my husband's hard earned money
to be mis-used by unbelievers.I don't want a situation where this money
will be used in an ungodl manner,hence the reason for taking this bold
decision. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know
that I am going to be in the bossom of God.

If you will be of assistance,I will surely appreciate and reward you for
your kindness in rendering help to a dying woman.
Thanks and God bless,
Till i hear from yousoonest,
Mrs.Luz Stella Tarboda.


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