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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- 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)
- "million united state dollars" (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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Miss Jana Kipkalya Kones." <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2021 04:13:12 -0700
Subject: please i need your help
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 patience and read through my letter i feel quite safe dealing
with you in this important business, honestly i am writing this email
to you with pains, tears and sorrow from my heart, i will really like
to have a good relationship with you and i have a special reason why i
decided to contact you, due to the urgency of my situation My name is
Miss Jana Kipkalya Kones, 24yrs old female and I held from Kenya in
East Africa. My father was the former Kenyan road Minister.
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. One faithful
morning, I opened my father's briefcase and found out some documents
which he have deposited huge amount of money in one bank in Burkina
Faso with my name as the next of kin I traveled 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 instructions 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 day prayers and I believe that
you will not betray my trust. But rather take me as your own sister.
Though 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. More so, I will like to disclose much to
you if you can help me to relocate to your country because my
stepmother has threatened to assassinate me The amount is ($7.2 USD )
Million United State Dollars, and I have confirmed from the bank here
in Burkina Faso on my arrival, You will also help me to place the
money in a more profitable business venture in your Country. 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 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 response. 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 Kinâs.
Below are my pictures and my late father's burial picture.
Miss Jana Kipkalya Kones.