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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: Amina Kone <>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 01:43:51 +0000
Subject: Hello, This Message Is Respectfully Yours.

Hello, This Message Is Respectfully Yours.

I Come To You With A Sincere Heart Believing In Almighty God That You Will Consider My Invitation And Come To Help And Also Benefit From Me.
This Letter Might Surprise You Because We Have Not Met Neither In Person Nor By Correspondence. But I Believe It Is One Day That You Get To Know Somebody Either In Physical Or Through Correspondence. I Appeal To You To Exercise A Little Patience And Read Through My Letter Because I Feel Quite Safe Dealing With You In Person Therefore Writing This Mail To You With Due Respect, Trust And Humanity And With Pains, Tears And Sorrow From My Heart . Honestly, I Wish To Contact You Personally For A Long Term Business Relationship And Investment Assistance In Your Country.

Well, I Am Amina Kipkalya, 25yrs Old Female ( Single ) And I'm 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, June, 2008.

You Can Read More About The Plane Crashed Through The Below Site:

After The Burial Of My Father, My Step-Mother And Uncle Had A Conspiracy Against Me And Sold My Father's Properties To An Italian Expatriate Which They Selfishly Shared The Money Among Themselves And Leave Me Only To Suffered.

However, I Inherited From My Late Father The Sum Of ( $5.800.000.00USD ) Million United State Dollars And Was Deposited In The Bank Here Burkina Faso.

My Step-Mother Threaten To Kill Me Because I Didn't Accept Her To Sit On My Only Inherited Money Willed On My Name. Because Of Her Attempt To Killed Me, I Ran Away and Traveled To Burkina Faso And Had A Discussion With Bank Managing Director To Make Some Withdrawal Of The Money For A Better Life, So I Can Take Care Of Myself And Start A New Life Again, The Bank Managing Director Whom I Met In Person Told Me That My Father's Instruction In His Will Was The Inheritance Money Would Only Be Release To Me When I Present A Foreign Trustee Who Would Help Me And Invest The Money Overseas.

Please, I'm Seeking Your Assistance For The Following Reasons Below:

1. To Stand As My Foreign Trustee Over The Transaction.
2. After The Transaction, Locate A Good School In Your Country For Me.
3. To Invest The Money Into A Good Profitable Business Venture.

Looking Forward To Your Kind Reply Enable Me Give You The Bank Contact Information And My Late Father Bank Account Details Which You Will Use As My TRUSTEE To Apply For The Transfer.

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Thanks And God Bless You
Amina Kipkalya

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