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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: "Hamiza Kovasam" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 26 May 2017 03:23:12 -0400

Dear beloved friend,
I know that this letter may be a very big surprise to you, I came across your email contact from my personal search and decided to write to you concerning my deposited fund, so that the bank will transfer this money to your account I am Mrs Hamiza Kovasam from Estonia,

But Married to Mr Sabastin Kovasam in Abidjan Cote D,Ivoire, i am 45 years old woman with one Child call Victor, i am Sick and suffering from a long time cancer of the breast, which affected my speaking organ. From all indication my condition is really deteriorating, and my doctors is making all effort to save my life.

Because the cancer stage has reached a critical stage but i am contacting you to help me receive this US$5.6M dollars (Five million six hundred thousand dollars) which my Late husband deposit with the bank here before his die enable ME AND MY SON come to your country because my Late husband brothers have claim all my property but the did not know about this money deposit with the bank i have all the document with here in the hospital where i am taking treatment.

Please get back to me I‘m with my laptop here in the hospital where I have been undergoing treatment. I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors have being trying everything humanly possible but God knows the best.

I will need your help to receive this US$5.6 Million dollars to your account so that me and my son will come to your country my son will Continue his Education and i will take a better treatment over and you help us invest this FUND in any good lucrative business in your country because this money is the only hope of our life. As soon as I receive your reply i will give you more information how to contact the bank to release the money to your account Awaiting your reply,

Yours in Christ,

Mrs Hamiza Kovasam

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