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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: "From Mrs.Fariza Hamza" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2019 06:02:53 -0800
Subject: Can I Trust You, Do Get Back To Me

Dear Beloved one,
Good day my dear and may God bless you, My name is Mrs. Fariza Hamza a nationality of Kuwait. I am married to late Dr. Mahmud Hamza who worked with Kuwait embassy in United Kingdom for nine years before he died in the year October 2010. We were married for twenty years without no child. He died after an illness that lasted for long four days. Before his death we were both a good Muslim.My late husband before he died sold his inherited family shipping company and deposited the sum of £11,300,000.00 Million Pounds with one of the banks here in London for onward transfer to foreign account for investment project. Presently, this money is still with the bank. I have been diagnose with Esophageal cancer , Recently my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next three months due to my cancer Problem. Having known my condition I decided to donate this Fund to a good Muslim individual That will utilize this money the way I am going to Instruct here in.
My husbandís relatives are not good Muslim, very wicked that is why the poisoned him to death and I donít want my family hard earned money to be misused by unbelievers and those that killed my husband. I am presently placed on dialysis check up and will not need telephone communication most of the time because of my heath and the presents of my husbandís relatives around me always. They have sold most of my husbandís property I donít want a situation where this money will be used in any way that those not concern the will of Allah.
This is the reason I am  taking this bold decision. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going to. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Allah. I do not want your telephone communication in this regard because of my health and because of the presence of my family relatives around me always. I donít want any of my husband family relatives to receive this money because they poisoned and killed my husband to take away all we have laboured for.
With Allah all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank. I will also register your name and introduce you to the bank that will make you as the new beneficiary of this fund so that the bank will recognize you and advise you what to do for the successful transfer of this money to your account which I donate this Fund for charity and poor orphans. I want you and your Muslim individual to always pray for me because the Allah is my shepherd. My happiness is that I live a life of a worthy Muslim.
I am waiting to hear from you if you are willing to do this service to humanity for the the purpose of this fund,I will offer you 10% from the fund for accepting to carry out this work to distribute money accordingly to all the affected orphanage organization. I don't mind if you are a Christian or Muslim but I don't know if I can trust you because there are greedy and fraudulent people over the world. I will give you more details as soon as I hear from you.
Please do contact me on ( for more details.
Remain blessed,
I wait your reply
Yours Mrs.Fariza Hamza

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