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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: "Mrs. Marilou Tinambacan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 22:17:24 +0800
Subject: From Tinambacan Family.

Beloved One,

My name is Mrs. Marilou Tinambacan wife of Rev. Jemias Tinambacan of UCCP Calaran, Misamis Occidental, who was gunned down by four armed men while traveling in Oroquieta City in Philippine on the 9 May 2006.

Before my late husband was killed, I inherited sum total of ($9,300.000 USD. Nine Million Three Hundred Thousand US Dollars) from some cotton wool business export & import we made with my late husband, the money was put in a sealed metallic trunk box and deposited in a private security and finance company in overseas by my late husband. This deposit was coded under a secret arrangement as a family treasure. Which means that the security company does not know the content of this trunk box.

My main purpose of sending you this mail is because of the way I found you and perhaps trustworthy to give you this priority to help me claim this treasure box of fund to relocate to any address that you think is very secure and save in your country.I hope to trust you as who will not sit on this fund when you claim it.i made up my mind to offer you 15% of the total money for your help, after you have secured the box for my kids future.

Hopping to hear from you.

Mrs. Marilou Tinambacan

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