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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: Miss Fabienne Tagro <>
Reply-To: Miss Fabienne Tagro <>
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2018 10:16:43 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Good Morning From Miss Fabienne Tagro.

Miss Fabienne Tagro

Hello Dear,

I am Fabienne Tagro, I am 22 yrs old an Ivoirien national. I solicit that you to assist me to the transfer of the sum of Eleven Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars. This fund was a heritage from my late parents who were assassinated during the post electoral crisis in my country. I want you to help me and move this money to your country and also for you to guide me and invest this money on good Project in your country.

Kindly contact me through my private email if you can represent my interest or if there is any lucrative Business in your area of specialization to enable me detail you well about your role in this transaction and how we shall transfer this money. Reply me through my private mail box as stated above. For your assistance, i have set aside 20% of the total sum as your commission.

Sincerely Yours
Miss Fabienne Tagro

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