Col Alex Tabarra Email Scam Beware

Posted by David D'Angelo | 9/05/2009 06:14:00 PM | , | 0 comments »

It just fascinating and also irritating that day after day there are some e-mail scams that would eventually get past your usual e-mail filtering. Today I received an e-mail from a certain Col. Alex Tabara whose email is Perhaps he cannot use because it was already used. The e-mail talks about a large sum of money discovered by US troops in Iraq which he had stolen. It also has a link to the legitimate news about a real incident like this which is already under investigation.

At first look and if you are really interested with getting rich fast you will reply and communicate with this person in the hope of getting some of the money. But in the end you will ask yourself why you did it.

First if you look at the email address and the text there is a discrepancy in the name. Alex Tabara on the header and Col. Alex Tabarra on the content. It seems the sender is also confused of his real name.

It was also highly stupid to just send random email to someone you don't know and just expect him or her to trust you with such a delicate thing you have done. The money is stolen, you are deling with the United States and it involves some tactics that might be too risky.

I have checked this e-mail and it was found out that is belongs to the group of 419 scams.

What are 419 scams? 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.

So better be careful and always scrutinize your email specially if it involves get rich things.

Here are added reminders by the 419 site:

1. Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
2. The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
3. Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

You can visit them and check for scam emails and more at

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