fighting spam and scams on the Internet
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.
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
Click here to report a problem with this page.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Donald Kabila." <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2004 10:56:54 +0100
Subject: From Mr.Donald Kabila.
From Mr.Donald Kabila.
Kindly allow me the modesty of introducing myself. I am PRINCE-DONALD KABILA,the son of the former head of state/ president of Congo-Kinshasha (then called Zaire) Mr. Laurent Desire Kabila.
I am contacting you in order to ask for your assistance on this confidential Business proposal with full financial benefit for both of us.
Before I go into further details please be informed that I am writing without any other person(s) pre-knowledge of my contacting you on this transaction.Therefore I will appreciate same attitude to be maintained all through.
I have the sum of USD36Million from a secret sale of Diamond by my father before he was assassinated by one of his body guard (Rashid) on January 16th 2001, which I will like you to receive on my behalf due to security reasons,as my narration below will explain. But before I continue be well informed that your share in this transaction has been calculated at 30% of the total sum of USD$36Million, 5% for expenses and the rest for my family and me.
My father as a real African traditionalist was a polygamist thereby having married so many wives, and my mother being the second wife of my father, My step brother Joseph, who is the current president of my country, is the son of the first wife and he does not have any knowledge about this deal.
Already president Joseph is using his power to colonize all the money and private property, which my father left behind for the whole family.
Now my mother and I are left with nothing in the inheritance of my late father's wealth. Our situation is seriously critical that we need your assistance to help us receive these funds overseas for proper investment.
Let me quickly assure you the 100% safe proof of this transaction because the diamond sales are packaged from the onset in a pattern that shows no direct trace or linkage with us (Kabila family).
At present the money is deposited and is secured with a holding company under deposit account. I am waiting for your swift and favorable response, and in case you have any question(s), do not hesitate to contact me.
You can also contact me immediately directly to my private email address, Although i will give you my phone number as soon as i hear from you so that we can have verbal discussion.