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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. Alondra Jose-Carlos" <>
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 21:31:17 +0100
Subject: Warm Greetings!

From: Alondra Jose-Carlos

Warm Greetings!

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 a professional database found in internet while searching for a
reliable and honest person that will be an anointed steward in a vision
very dear to me.

I am Mrs. Alondra Jose-Carlos person from Puerto Rico
undergoing medical treatment. I am married to Dr. Kevin Jose-Carlos
who was a gun runner supplying arms and ammunition to warring factions
in Africa before he died in the year 2002.We were married for eleven
years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for
only four days. Since his after 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 £ 11.8.Million (Eleven Million,
Eight Hundred Thousand British Pounds Sterling) with a Fiduciary company.
Presently ,this money is still with the Fiduciary Company. Recently,
my doctor told me that I would not last for the next
three months due to cancer problem. Though what disturbs me most is my partial
paralysis. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to an
organisation or individual that will utilize this money the way I am going
to instruct here in. I want an organisation or individual that will use this to
fund, women and youth groups, victims of war, environmental protection,
charities, orphanages and widows . It is said that blessed is the hand
that giveth.

I took this decision because I don't have any child that
will inherit this money and as a part of restitution for the atrocities
of my husband which I tacitly supported. I don't want a situation where
this money will be used in an ungodly 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 bosom. If you consider yourself adequately equipped morally and
spiritually for this mission, please ,respond by letting me know your
decision to

Yours sincerely,

Mrs. Alondra Jose-Carlos

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