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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: Miss Samira Kipkalya <>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:56:28 -0400
Subject: Re:


Hello my dear,

I am writing this mail to you with tears and sorrow from my heart. with due respect to humanity and trust, please I appeal to you to exercise a little patience and read this my mail carefully, I need you personally for help and a long term investment assistance in your country and I feel quite safe dealing with you in this important issue having gone through your remarkable profile, honestly I am writing this mail to you with a heart full of pains, tears and sorrows, I will really like to have a good relationship with you and its among the special reasons why I decided to contact you due to the urgency of my situation, My names are Miss Samira Kipkalya Kones, 23yrs old female and I held from Kenya in East Africa. My father was the former Kenyan road Minister. Him and the Assistant Minister of Home Affairs Lorna Laboso had been on board the Cessna 210, which was heading to Kericho and crashed in a remote area called Kajong, 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 most of my father's property to an Italian business man which they shared the money and other things among themselves since then she had continue to hate anything that i do in the home and even until now my step mother refused me access to my share, they planned to take away all my late father's treasury and properties from me since the death of my Father. Luckily for me that faithful morning which I opened my father's briefcase and found some documents which he have used to deposit huge amount of money in one bank in Burkina Faso with my name as the next of kin then i decided I traveled to Burkina Faso to withdraw this money before my step mother will know that i found something so important and maybe take it back from me,i don't know why she hate me that much so I took all these documents with me and travel out of my country for my life then I run to the refugee camp where I am presently seeking asylum under the United Nations High Commission from the Refugee camp here in Ouagadougou, Republic of Burkina Faso.

Later on after my arrival in the camp i arranged all the documents containing information's about the money which my late father had deposited to a bank in Burkina Faso here with my name as the next of kin,i went to the bank for my inherited fund but i wasn't allowed to withdraw from this money and I have try several times on my own to withdraw this money so that I can take care of myself and start a new life ease-where, but unfortunately for me like always the Bank Director whom I always met in person will always tell me that my late father's instructions/will to the bank is that the money will only be release to me when I am able to present a foreign trustee who will help me with the profitable investments with the money overseas or married which is why I am now in search of a honest and reliable person who will help me and stand as my trustee to this Bank so that the transfer of my money to a trustee bank account overseas will be done. I have chosen to contact you after my prayers and I believe that you will not betray the trust i have on you.

Although, you may wonder why I am so soon revealing myself to you without knowing much about you, well the truth is that my mind convinced me to believe that you are the true and only person to help me now.More so, my father of blessed memory deposited the sum of $6.7M ( Six Million seven Hundred Thousand Dollars ) in ISLAMIC GROUP AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK BURKINA FASO which he used 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 also complete my studies because I was in my 1st year in the university when i left my country for Burkina Faso, It is my intention to compensate you with 30% of the total money for your services and the balance will be mine which you will help me invest in a risk free business. 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 will appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and willingness to handle this transaction sincerely.

1. Can you handle this transfer for me?
2. Can i trust you as a genuine friend?

AM AWAITING YOUR URGENT AND POSITIVE RESPONSE, Please do keep this only to your self for now until the bank will transfer the fund. I plead to 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 all the documents for the claims.

please reply me here for a confidential discussions may be like that we can become best of friends in future sorry that i did not add my photo i will enclose it in my next mail and more about me when i hear from you okay i am now in the refugee camp.

Kisses and warmest regards,
Yours Sincerely,
Miss Samira Kipkalya Kones.


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