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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.Isabella Caromel" <>
Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2007 10:28:07 -0400 (EDT)

Good day Private Message to you,This is an important message to you. I pray God should give you wisdom of understanding to go through the content of my email and regard it as an email that came from a God sent person and sympathize with my current situation and assist me to avoid the(OVERSEA CREDIT COMMISSION)confiscate my entire funds. My name is Isabella Carmel the only survivor from family of four that narrowly escaped from the tsunami disaster which affected my spinal cord and also my ear drum and claim the life’s of my entire family, husband (Dennis Caromel) and two sons (Ugo and Tom) who went for holidays in Sri-Lanka. Right now I am currently in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia after spending so much time in my family hospital, I was disabled by the catastrophe and now on a wheel chair after all the treatment that defiled all forms of medicine and right now I have only about a few months to live, according to medical experts. I spent my life as well as a preacher as my primary
interest and focus was only to share the word of God to unbelievers. The bible says what shall it profit a man to wine the whole world and loose his soul. I have willed and given most of my properties to the less privileges because I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul. I have decided to give arms to charity organizations and give succor and comfort to the less privileged in our societies, I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth since I know where am heading. My late husband has worked with an oil company in Kuwait for thirty years before he was retired, he has kept the total sum of $10.6M in a ''OVERSEA CREDIT COMMISSION’’ to invest on profitable factory and propagate the word of God and build up the less privileged homes and churches after his retirement before he was unfortunately died with his two kids in tsunami disaster. Right now I have decided to donate the entire sum of $10.6M to your organizations to help the needing ones now that my
health has deteriorated so badly and I cannot do this myself anymore that is why am soliciting your assistant to make this donation through you by providing your account details to the correspondence bank where the funds was deposited to transfer the money into your account and disburse it to the needing ones in the society. Remember again the bible says, in the book of CHRONICLES: 28 VS 9-10, and you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father, and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the lord searches all heart, and understandings every plans and thought. If you seek him, you will find him, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever. Take heed now, for the lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary, be strong and do it. This is your chances to assist your people and they will conceder you as there messiah,like the Moses and the Solomon. Please I will appreciate you to indicate interest for disbursement and also include your
contact telephone/fax numbers and residential details to forward to the (COMMISSION OFFICIAL)to contact you as my appointed beneficiary.The bible says in exodus chapter 18 v: 5, God said to Moses, Now therefore if you will obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my own possession among all people, for all the earth is mine and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests a holy nation. If you are willing and ready to assist with this project, please e-mail me at without delay, while I wait to hear from you.Remain blessed,Mrs. Isabella caromel

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