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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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)
- "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.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Wendy kipkalya <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 12:50:52 +0000
Please My Dearest This Message Is Respectfully Yours!
I am 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 patient
and read through my letter, I wish to contact you personally for a long
term business relationship and investment assistance in your Country so i
feel quite safe dealing with you in this important business having gone
through your remarkable profile, honestly' i got your profile in Google
data base when i was searching for a reliable person who could stand as my
Trustee, 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, Wendy Kipkalya Kones is my name, a girl of
23yrs of age, single 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, June, 2008.
You can read more about the crash through the below site:
After the burial of my father, my stepmother and uncle conspired and sold
my father's property to an Italian Expert rate which the shared the money
among themselves and live nothing for me. I am constrained to contact you
because of the abuse I am receiving from my wicked stepmother and uncle.
They planned to take away all my late father's treasury and properties from
me since the unexpected death of my beloved Father. Meanwhile i wanted to
escape to the USA but they hide away my international passport and other
valuable travelling documents. Luckily hey did not discover where i kept my
fathers File which contains important documents. So I decided to run to the
refugee camp where i am presently seeking asylum under the United Nations
High Commission for the Refugee here in Ouagadougou, Republic of Burkina
One faithful morning, I opened my father's briefcase and found out the
documents which he has deposited huge amount of money in 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 instruction/will 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.
Although, you may wonder why I am so soon revealing myself to you without
knowing you, well I will say that my mind convinced me that you may be the
true person to help me. Moreso, My father of blessed memory deposited the
sum of (US$5.800, 000) Dollars in Bank with my name as the next of kin.
However, I shall forward you with the necessary documents on confirmation
of your acceptance to assist me for the transfer and statement of the fund
in your country. As you will help me in an investment, and i will like to
complete my studies, as i was in my 1year in the university when my beloved
father died. It is my intention to compensate you with 30% 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.
Awaiting your urgent and positive respond. Please do keep this only to your
self for now until 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 please reply me with this
Miss Wendy Kipkalya kones