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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" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2012 12:27:03 +0200

Good day
Private Message to you,

The lord spoke to me to share this with you. Please kindly sympathize with my current situation and assist. My name is Isabella Carmel, I escaped tsunami disaster some time ago which affected my spinal cord, my ear drum and claim my entire family, husband and two sons.

Right now I was discharged from hospital after spending many days. It might be a shock to you to know that I was eventually disabled due to the catastrophe that stroke me, I was now on a wheelchair after all form of treatment. I have decided to give arms to the needing in the societies. This should be a legacy laid down by me on earth therefore I decided to build charity organizations for the less privilege as my health has finally confirmed deteriorated so badly. With my present condition this project could not be executed personally by me due to my ailment. However your kind assistant is required to make this dream a reality. I have intend to invest the sum of $10.6M USD I deposited in (OVERSEA CREDIT COMMISSION) to help the less privileged. Perhaps you are chosen to help receive these funds from where it was deposited, and also to build charity organizations for the less privilege with it.

Please I will appreciate if you indicate interest to help actualize this dream and also include your contact telephone/fax numbers that will be forwarded to the (COMMISSION OFFICIALS) for onward communication with you as my appointed beneficiary on how to transfer the funds to you. I will provide you the legal documents that will enable you claim the funds.

If you are willing and ready to assist in this project, please e-mail me at without delay, while I wait to hear from you.

Thanks once again for your kindness may God guide and reward you in all your endeavors as you make me realize my last dreams and wishes.

Remain blessed,
Mrs. Isabella Caromel

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