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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: thabisile sithole <>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2020 18:11:00 +0200
Subject: Kennedy Jones

Greetings ,

This is a personal email directed to you and I request that it be treated
as such. I am Kennedy Jones, a personal attorney/sole executor to the late
Engineer Robert M , herein after referred to as” my client" I represent the
interest of my client killed with his immediate family in a fatal motor
accident in East London on November 5, 2002.and I will like to negotiate
the terms of investment of resources available to him.

My late client worked as consulting engineer & sub-comptroller with Genesis
Oil and Gas Consultants Ltd here in the United Kingdom and had left behind
a deposit of Six Million Eight Hundred Thousand British Pounds Sterling
only (£6.8million) with a finance company. The funds originated from
contract transactions he executed in his registered area of business. Just
after his death, I was contacted by the finance house to provide his next
of kin, reasons been that his deposit agreement contains a residua clause
giving his personal attorney express authority to nominate the beneficiary
to his funds. Unknown to the bank, Robert had left no possible trace of any
of his close relative with me, making all efforts in my part to locate his
family relative to be unfruitful since his death. In addition, from
Robert’s own story, he was only adopted and his foster parents whom he lost
in 1976, according to him had no possible trace of his real family.

The funds had remained unclaimed since his death, but I had made an effort
writing several letters to the embassy with intent to locate any of his
extended relatives whom shall be claimants/beneficiaries of his abandoned
personal estate, and all such efforts have been to no avail. More so, I
have received official letters in the last few weeks suggesting a likely
proceeding for confiscation of his abandoned personal assets in line with
existing laws by the bank. However, it will interest you to know that I
discovered that some directors of this finance company are making plans
already to have this fund to themselves only to use the excuse that since I
am unable to find a next of kin to my late client then the funds should be
confiscated, meanwhile their intentions is to have the funds retrieved for

I reasoned very professionally and resolved to use a legal means to
retrieve the abandoned funds, and that is to present the next of kin of my
deceased client to the bank. This is legally possible and would be done in
accordance with the laws. On this note, I decided to search for a credible
person and finding that you bear a similar last name, I was urged to
contact you, that I may, with your consent, present you to the "trustee"
bank as my late client's surviving family member so as to enable you put up
a claim to the bank in that capacity as a next of kin of my client. I find
this to be possible for the reasons that you are of the same nationality
and you bear a similar last name with my late client making it a lot
easier for you to put up a claim in that capacity. I have all vital
documents that would confer you the legal right to lay claim to the funds,
and it would back up your claim. I am willing to make these documents
available to you so that the proceeds of this bank account valued at
£6.8million can be paid to you before it is confiscated or declared
unserviceable to the bank where this huge amount is lodged.

I do sincerely sympathize the death of my client but I think that it is
unprofitable for his funds to be submitted to the government of this
country or some financial institution. I seek your assistance since I have
been unable to locate the relatives for the past three years now and since
no one would come for the claim. I seek your consent to present you as the
next of kin of the deceased since you have the same last name giving you
the advantage which also makes the claim most credible . In that stand,
the proceeds of this account can be paid to you. Then, we talk about
percentage. I know there are others with the same surname as my client, but
after a little search, my instinct tells me to contact you. I shall
assemble all the necessary documents that would be used to back up your

I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that
will protect you from any breach of law. I will not fail to bring to your
notice that this proposal is hitch-free and that you should not entertain
any fears as the required arrangements have been made for the completion of
this transfer. As I said, I require only a solemn confidentiality on this.
If is ok with you, send me your telephone number to enable us discuss
further on this transaction, Please do not take undue advantage of the
trust I have bestowed on you, Thanks for your understanding.

Regards. Please respond at my private email :
Barrister Kennedy Jones

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