fighting spam and scams on the Internet
"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.
Click here to report a problem with this page.
Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "hundred thousand 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)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Victoria kipkalya Konea <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 15:52:52 +0000
Subject: My Dearest I need your help.
*My Dearest I need your help.*
* It is with profound respect and humble submission, I beg to state the
following few lines for your kind consideration. I hope you will spare some
of your valuable minutes to read the following appeal with sympathetic
mind. I must confess that it is with great hope, joy and enthusiasm to
write you this mail and I believe by the faith that it must surely find you
in good condition of health. I am Miss Victoria Kipkalya Kones, 25yrs old
female and I from Kenya here in 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 Tuesday
10th, June, 2008. You can read more on this link: http://edition.cnn.com/
After the death of my beloved father my wicked step mother along with my
uncles team together and sold everything that my late father had and share
the money within themselves, I lost my mother long time ago, and since
then, my father loved me so dearly at my tender age may he rest in peace
and may the great God give him a safe entry in Paradise Amen.** *
*Before the death of my father, he told me that he made a fixed deposit of
the sum of Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars
($8.500.000.00) in one of the Banks here in Burkina Faso, with my name as
his next of kin, which i comfirmed his statement positively from the bank.
But on my arrival to the Bank, the Bank foreign Operation Department
Director whom I meet in person told me that my father instruction to their
bank is that the fund would only be release to me when I am married or
present a trustee/partner who will help me and invest the fund overseas
after the transfer, and the bank ask me to go and look for a foreign
*Now, I am soliciting your help for transferring of the fund into your bank
account and investment assistance in your Country as my legal appointed
trustee as the bank mentioned and **it will be my intention to compensate
you with 40% of the total fund for your services and help and 5% for any
expense that may arise from the bank after the transfer then the balance
shall be my capital in your establishment which you are going to establish
there in your country or position as my trustee and manger. I have suffered
lots of set back as a result of my parents death. I left Kenya, because of
incessant family funds. Presently, I am currently residing in Christ De
King Refugee camp here in Ouagadougou Capital city of Burkina Faso. Hence,
I want to settle in your country to further my education and spend the rest
of my life. Please consider my request as my life is being hugely affected.*
*Thanks a lot in anticipation of your prompt response.** *
*Yours sincerely,** *