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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: "Mr John Carbone" <>
Date: Fri, 08 Sep 2017 03:06:31 -0400
Subject: Re: Proposal Offer

Dearly Beloved,


I am Mr John Carbone ,I was married to Mrs. Sara, an executive staff who ha=
s worked with Chevron/Texaco in the Thailand for twenty years before she di=
ed in the year 2013 during the Spanish train crash which took her away from=
me. Check the link below for news info on(
/europe/spain-train-crash) Before this tragedy the sum of $5,000,000 Millio=
n (Five Million United State Dollars) was officially deposited with a Bank =
long ago before the death of my wife and we both work for this money.



Currently I'am undergoing severe ailment and close medical treatment, and m=
y Doctor told me that I have limited days to live due to the problems I'am =
suffering from. At this moment I want to use this funds to upkeep all widow=
s and charities homes worldwide. I need reputable and God fearing person wh=
o will use above mention fund as instructed, but not to divert it to person=
al use please.



I need total commitment from you in making 70% donate of this funds to char=
ity Homes, and i will instruct you on the logistics process with 30% balanc=
e in your progressive effort on this work. Because I don't know what tomorr=
ow will be due to my current health status.I took this decision because I d=
o not have any child that will inherit this money. But total commitment fro=
m you and I will present you before the finance house with details and offi=
cial documentations to process this fund release to you. In This Faith i ne=
ed your great effort to accomplish this work only my health issue is my pro=
blem now and my doctor will not allow me to leave the hospital.


Remember that this fund is mainly for widows, charities and other related h=
umanitarian services please. In order to avoid breach of law.
Thanks for your effort,
Yours sincerely
Mr John Carbone

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