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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: Theresa Hamza <>
Date: Thu, 02 Mar 2006 13:50:40 +0100
Subject: I need your help.

Dear ;Friend,

First, I must apologize if my mode of first contact is not acceptable to you and also solicit your confidence in this transaction; this is by virtue of its nature as being utterly private and top secret. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make anyone apprehensive and worried.

My Name is Theresa Hamza, I am the only dauther of late Mr. and Mrs Solomon Hamza who was assisinated in 2002 during a political unrest that engulfed my Country Zambia recently. They where shot to dead my unknown Person(s) who where accusing him of funding and sponsoring a factional
Political group with his money. So in respect of this they came to our House and shot everyone dead including my two younger Siblings by then I was not at home,But fortunately my Father did not die instantly that day. It took him three Months later after that incident before he finally gave up the ghost.

Before the death of my father, in October 28, 2002, in a private hospital, he secretly called me on is bedside and told me that it has the sum of five million, five hundred and thousand United States(USS5,500,000)dollars he deposited it in a Finance and Security company here Dakar Senegal. with my name as next of kin to the fund. Now, after the recent crisis that burstup in my Country I ran to Senegal where my father deposited the fund and seeked asylum, that is how I now went to stay in the United States Refugee Camp. So that is where am currently staying for now. But the problem am encoutering now is that when I went to the Financial holding company to withdraw the money. I was made to understand that with my status as a refugee I can not be able to clear the fund,but can do so with the help of a forieng partner. They told me that the local law hear does not Permit a refugee to operate any business atall, nor transact a fund of such magnitude. So please dear, I am pleading, if ou can help me and stand as my nominated next-of-kin and withdraw the fund for me (USS5,500,000) to your account in your Coutry and I will be very glad to you

Please once can be able help and assist me with this project. I will offer 15% percent of the money then after I will come over to your Country to start up a new life. And also go into any profitable business you will advise me to do.

Please you can reply me with this alternate email address as it is the most confidential for me at the moment.

I will be waiting to hear your favourable response.

Theresa Hamza

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