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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.Elisa Batista Tagme na wai" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010 14:55:41 +0400
Subject: ## CONFIDENTIAL ##

Hello Dear,

I am Elisa, third wife of General, Batista Tagme Na Wai32 years; presently living in Dubai-UAE, I have two children, My late husband General, Batista Tagme Na Wai was the chief of staff of the army of Guinea-Bissau killed by bomb explosion in the headquarters of the Guinea-Bissau military on March 1st, 2009 because of the military captures of US $287 Million cocaine belonging to the late president and his Latin American drug cartel who has turned our country to a conduit route for smuggling cocaine to Europe.

Since the death of my late husband my children and I have been living under threats and intimidation from the killers of my husband, I managed to escaped to UAE with my children where we are staying under refugee status

When my husband was alive he made a deposit of US$12.4 Million on name of my first child in a Private Safe Deposit Company in UAE, but since my arrival in Dubai I have contacted the company to clear the deposit but the Management told me that, my late husband left instruction that, the money should only be handed over to a Trustee or Investment Manager nominated by me to manage the funds on behalf of my children until they are 25years of age.

Therefore, I want you to stand for me as my Trustee/ Investment Manager to claim these funds and invest the funds in any good and profitable business you deem fit, you shall be 100% in charge of the investment funds

I shall give you my full contact details and more details on how to claim the funds, when I have receive a response indicating your interest and support

I will be waiting for your prompt reply ASAP.

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs.Elisa Batista Tagme Na Wai

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