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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. Elisa Carmagnola" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:06:20 -0800
Subject: God bless you as you respond

My Beloved One.
Greetings and peace be with you. I am Elisa Carmagnola from Thaialand, a widow to late Jeff Carmagnola. I am 61 years old,suffering from long time cancer of the breast, from all indication my condition is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that I might not live more than 2 months, according to my doctor because the cancer has gotten to a very worst / dangerous stage.
My late husband and my only child died last five years ago, his death was politically motivated. My late husband was a very rich and wealthy business man who was running his cocoa / Timber plantation and sambonet business in Thailand. After his death, I inherited all his business and wealth. my doctors has advised me that I may not live for more than 2 months, so I now decided to divide the part of this wealth, to contribute to the development of the religion in Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceanic. I collected your email address during my desperate search on the internet and I prayed over it.
I decided to donate the sum of $11,800,000.00 usd (Eleven million Eight hundred thousand united states dollars) to the less privileged because I cannot take this money to the grave. Please I want you to note that this fund is lodged in a Bank in Thailand .
Psalms 119:116: Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live, and let me not be ashamed of my hope.
Psalms 138: 7: Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou will revive me......
psalms 41:1: Blessed is he that considerate the poor, the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.
Two of my favorite verses: Philippians 2:27: For indeed he was sick nigh unto death, but God had mercy on him & that on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. (I always say this in my mind)
Once I hear from you, I will forward to you all the information's you will use to get this fund released from the Bank and to be transferred to you. I honestly pray that this money when transferred to you, will be sure for the said purpose, because I have come to find out that holding wealth tight without helping others in need is vanity.
Please if you are sure that you will handle this money as i instructed herein, kindly reply me.
Thanks and God bless you.
Your beloved sister,
Mrs.Elisa Carmagnola.

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