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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "huge amount of money" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "million united state dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "i feel quite safe dealing with you in this important business" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: jenifer kipkalya <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 13 May 2010 08:15:22 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Hello' This Message Is Respectfully Yours!,
Hello' This Message Is Respectfully Yours!,
writing this mail to you with tears and sorrow from my heart. With due
respect , trust and humanity, i appeal to you to exercise a little
patience and read through my letter i feel quite safe dealing with you
in this important business having gone through your remarkable profile,
honestly i am writing this email to you with pains, tears and sorrow
from my heart, i will really like to have a good relationship with you
and i have a special reason why i decided to contact you, i decided to
contact you due to the urgency of my situation,My name is Miss. Jenifer
Kipkalya Kones, 23yrs old female and I held from Kenya in East Africa.
My father was the former Kenyan road Minister. He and Assistant
Minister of Home Affairs Lorna Laboso had been on board the Cessna 210,
which was headed to Kericho and crashed in a remote area called
Kajong'a, in western Kenya. The plane crashed on the Tuesday 10th,
You can read more about the crash through the below site:
the burial of my father, my stepmother and uncle conspired and sold my
father's property to an italian Expertrate which the shared the money
among themselves and live nothing for me. One faithful morning, I
opened my father's briefcase and found out the documents which he have
deposited huge amount of money in one bank in Burkina Faso with my name
as the next of kin. I travelled to Burkina Faso to withdraw the money
for a better life so that I can take care of myself and start a new
life, on my arrival, the Bank Director whom I met in person told me
that my father's instuction to the bank is that the money would only be
release to me when I am married or present a trustee who will help me
and invest the money overseas. I am in search of an honest and reliable
person who will help me and stand as my trustee so that I will present
him to the Bank for transfer of the money to his bank account overseas.
I have chosen to contact you after my prayers and I believe that you
will not betray my trust. But rather take me as your own sister.
you may wonder why I am so soon revealing myself to you without knowing
you, well I will say that my mind convinc ed me that you may be the
true person to help me. Moreso, I will like to disclose much to you if
you can help me to relocate to your country because my stepmother have
threaten to assinate me. The amount is( $5.8 USD )Million United State
Dollars, and I have confirmed from the bank in Burkina Faso on my
arrival, You will also help me to place the money in a more profitable
business venture in your Country. However, you will help by
recommending a nice University in your country so that I can complete
my studies. It is my intention to compensate you with 20% of the total
money for your services and the balance shall be my capital in your
establishment. As soon as I receive your positive response showing your
interest I will put things into action immediately. In the light of the
above.I shall appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and
willingness to handle this transaction sincerely.
YOUR URGENT AND POSITIVE RESPONSE . Please do keep this only to your
self for now untill the bank will transfer the fund. I beg you not to
disclose it till i come over because I am afraid of my wicked
stepmother who has threatened to kill me and have the money alone ,I
thank God Today that am out from my country (KENYA) but now In (Burkina
Faso) where my father deposited these money with my name as the next of
Kin.I have the documents for the claims.
Jenifer Kipkalya Kones.