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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: Aliyu Hendris <>
Date: 1 May 2007 11:35:32 +0200
Subject: i hope you received my last mail with understanding? Kindly get back
with your reply?

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Assalamu alaikom warahmatullahi wabarakatoh

Dear Friend.

Compliment of the season.
I know you might wondering where i got your contacts from but i have really taken my time in searching thoroughly.You came into my mind has the lord has directed me to and im willing to do so.I have noticed that you are God courageous,fulfiliing and ambitious in life.I want you to know that you have been the chosen one and please,try and do my will because each of my words or statements must not go unfulfilled reaching the unpriviledged,orphanages and the needy as you are Blessed.

I am married to Late Dr. Kareem Hendris who worked with British Railway Commission for over a decade before he died on 5th of July in the year 2006.We were married for fifteen years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for two weeks. Before his death he made a vow to use his wealth for the down trodden and the less privileged in the society.

Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home.When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of amount of money in a Vault with a financial institution for safe keeping,inwhich i will disclose the amount to you upon willingness to help actualise my husband dreams.

Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next three months due to cancer problem. Though what disturbs me most is my stroke. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to an individual or better still a God fearing person who will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct here in. I want an individual that will use this to fund and provide succor to poor and indigent persons, orphanages, and above all the needy.I understand that blessed is the hand that giveth.

I took this decision because I do not have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not inclined to helping poor persons and I do not want my husbands hard earned money to be misused or spent in the anner in which my late husband did not specify.

I do not want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly manner, hence the reason for taking this bold decision. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going.
I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Almighty. I do not need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health, and because of the presence of my husband's relatives around me always. I do not want them to know about this development, With God all things are possible.As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you secret code of the deposit to enable you contact the Financial Company as my late husband next of kin for immediate release of the funds to you.

Also,I will also issue you a letter of authorization that will empower you as the original beneficiary of this fund,through my Lawyer. I want you to always pray for me. My happiness is that I lived a life worthy of emulation.

Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for an individual for this same purpose.

Thank you and may the Almighty bless you.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs Aliyu Hendris.
Please reply me via this email

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