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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: Hensley Kathryn <>
Date: 15 Jun 2022 22:18:44 +0200
Subject: Valued Proposal

Dear Friend,

 I am Mrs. Kathryn Hensley, greetings and how's the Covid-19 in your country ?

 I work in a bank here in Philippine as Audit Manager. I believe it is the will of God for me to come across you now. I am having an important business discussion I wish to share with you which I believe will interest you, because it's in connection with your last name and you are going to benefit from it.

A citizen of your country had a fixed deposit with my bank,  . The due date for this deposit was last year. Sadly Gentian was among the death victims in the May 11th 2020 fatal accident here in Philippines involving seven vehicles along paranaque city road manila Philippine where Thirty- Five people were killed on the spot.

It's better than us claiming the money then allowing the Bank Directors to take it, They are rich already. I am not a greedy person, so I am suggesting we share the fund equally, 50/50 to both parties, my share will assist me to start my own company and we then proceed for charity which has been my dream.

Let me know your thoughts on my proposal. Please, do treat this information as confidential i have more to write you about the details once i receive your urgent response strictly through my personal email address :

Have a nice day and remain blessed.

Anticipating your urgent response

Best regards

 Kathryn Hensley

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