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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:
- "will come to you as a surprise" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "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)
- "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.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Miss Jenny Kipkalya <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2013 18:33:27 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Good day my friend,
Good day my friend,
How is life and work today? Hope you are in perfect condition? Please I apologies with you to exercise a little patience and read through my letter, I feel quite safe dealing with you in this important business, I know my letter will come to you as a surprise because we have never meet for the first time, but i really like to have a good relationship with you because I have a special reason why I decided to contact you, I decided to contact you due to the urgency of my situation here, My name is Miss Jenny Kipkalya Kones, 24yrs old female originated from Kenya in East Africa.
My Father was the former Kenyan Road Minister and the 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, here is the website for more information about the plane crash and death of my father,
After the burial of my beloved father, my wicked stepmother and uncle conspired there self together and sold my father's property which the shared the money among themselves and remaining nothing for me to complete my studies, fortunately one faithful morning, as I was cleaning my late father bed room i found an important documents which my late beloved father use to deposit huge amount of money in one bank in Burkina Faso with my name as the next of kin so I traveled to Burkina Faso Is a nearby country to withdraw the money for a better life so that I can take care of myself and start a new life.
On my arrival to the bank in Burkina Faso, the Branch Manager of the Bank whom I met in person told me that my father's instruction to the bank is that the money would only be release to me when i am married or present a trustee foreigner who will help me invest the money overseas, i am in search of an honest and reliable person who will help me and stand as my foreign trustee so that I will present him to the Bank for transfer of the money to his bank account overseas and i have chosen to contact you after my prayers and I believe that you will not betray my trust.
You may wonder why i am so soon revealing myself to you without knowing you, To me I will say that my spirit and mind convinced me that you may be the true person to help me, I will like to disclose much to you if you can help me to relocate to your country because my stepmother have threaten many times to assassinate me due to her wickedness and jealousyâs because she has no issue for my father since she was married after the accident that killed my mother years back,
The amount of the money deposited is($8.5 M )Eight Million Five Hundred United State Dollars, the Branch manager whom i met in person have confirmed to me that the money is there and that I am the next of kin but the only thing he told me is that my father's instruction to the bank is that the money would only be release to me when i present a trustee foreigner who will help me and invest the money overseas, and he advice me to look for a honest and reliable person who will represent me as my trustee so that their bank will release the money to me.
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 40% of the total money for your efforts and kindness services and the balance shall be my capital investment in your country. As soon as I receive your positive response showing your interest i will inform the bank that I am ready to present a foreign trustee who will receive the fund on my behalf. Please I want you to keep this only to your self for now until the bank transfer the fund. I beg you not to disclose it till I come over because I am afraid of my 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 the money is deposited.
Please send your reply to my yahoo address (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Yours forever friend,
Miss Jenny Kipkalya Kone
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