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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: "Ken" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2018 22:43:57 -0000


Please bear with me i am writing this mail to you with tears and sorrow
from my heart.

Good day and God bless you as you read this massage, I am by name Kenneth Labosoa 25 years old boy from Kenya, My Mother was Late Mrs Lorna Labosoa the former Kenyan Assistant Minister of Home and affairs who was among the plane that crash on board in the remote area of Kalong’s western Kenya, Read more about the crash with the below web site.

I am the only child of my mother and i am constrained to contact you because of the maltreatment I am receiving from my step mother. She planned to take away all my late mothers treasures and properties from me since the unexpected death of my beloved mother. I secretly found out that my mother deposited the sum of $ 7.5 million USA Dollars in One of the Security companies in UK with my name Kenneth Labosoa as the next of kin,and she deposited this money as a family treasure, then I have visited UK to the security company to claim the money and take care of myself and start a new life, on my arrival in the security company in UK, the security company told me that my mother left an instruction wth them that i must provide a foreign partner/trustee before they can be able to release my inheritance to the foreign partner on my behalf for investment,so the company advised me to seek for a sincere and reliable foreign partner who will stand on my behalf as my trustee to claim the

That is the reason why I am contacting you to stand as my trustee to assist me to claim, relocate and invest this Money in a very lucrative business in your country and It will be my great pleasure to compensate you with 30% of the total money for your help and the balance shall be my capital for investment which your kind idea and your control will be highly needed over there in your country.

However, I shall forward to you the necessary deposit information and
all the security company information on confirming your acceptance to assist me for
the transfer and investment of the funds in your country.

Yours Sincerely

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