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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Miss Amanda <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2021 14:03:23 -0700
Subject: Hello dear,
Greetings my beloved
How are you doing today? I hope well. My name is Miss Amanda Kipkalya
Kones, I am 24 years old, I am a girl I held from Kenya in East
Africa. My father was the former Kenyan road Minister. He and
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, in western Kenya. The plane crashed on the Tuesday
10th, June, 2008. You can read more about the crash through the below
My Late 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 my trusted investment
manager/partner because of my current refugee status,
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. I am constrained
to contact you because of the abuse I am receiving from my wicked
stepmother and uncle. They planned to take away all my late father's
treasury and properties from me since the unexpected death of my
beloved Father. Luckily they did not discover where I kept my fathers
File which contains important documents. So I decided to run to the
refugee camp where I am presently seeking asylum under the United
Nations High Commission for the Refugee here in Ouagadougou, Republic
of Burkina Faso. well I will say that my mind convinced me that you
may be the true person to help me. More so please reply me,
Kisses and warmest regards
Miss Amanda Kipkalya Kones.