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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Daniel Kabila" <>
Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2004 07:50:57 +0000
Subject: From Daniel Kabila

From:Daniel Kabila
Johannesburg,South Africa


Dear Sir,

In appreciation of your esteemed contact received through a reliable source
and the choice of your country I wish to introduce myself, I am Daniel Kabila
the son of the late Democratic Republic of Congo President Laurent Desire
Kabila of the blessed memory. I know this letter might come to you as a
surprise but I honestly do not intend to surprise you. I write this letter
in respect of my intention to invest the sum of US$12M(Twelve Million United
State Dollars) with you. I inherited this money from my mother. This money
was got through the smuggling and sale ofDiamond and Timber when my father
was the head of state. My mother though not her legal wife used her privilege
position to engage in the business of Diamond and Timber since she knows
that her survival will depend on how much she can get out of the privilege

When my father was assassinated on 16TH Jan. 01 by one of his bodyguards
Lt.Rashidi Kasereke through the conspiracy of some top army officers that
wanted to topple him I escaped to South Africa because of the fear that
I might be arrested by my half brother Lt. General Joseph Kabila the present
head of state. Actually his mother and my mother are not in the best of
relationship because of who among them will be the first lady tussle and
this ultimately affected us their children.

Considering the relationship between South Africa and the Democratic Republic
of Congo new government, my mother advised me to leave For South Africa
for security reason, while the funds were deposited with a security Company
in Europe.

On getting to South Africa where I have been living since then as a political
refugee I am seeking for a reliable foreigner who can assist me in moving
this money out for safe banking and profitable investment. Honestly I contacted
you because I don't want to invest this money in South Africa due to my
status here as a political Refugee. And moreover I wouldn't want to take
risk because this money is all that I and my Mother is depending on because
My half brother has seized all my father's assets and money and left I and
my mother empty handed without knowing about this funds deposited at the
Security Company in Europe so that is why I decided that investing this
money abroad should be the best investment for me. I will be honored if
I can be given the privilege of investing this money with your help.

In view of this plight, I expect you to be trustworthy and kind enough
to respond to this distress call to save my mother and I from a hopeless
future. And if you agree, I hereby agree to compensate your sincere and
candid effort in this regard with 20% of the total money and annual 5% of
the after tax returns on investment for the first three years. Thereafter,
the term shall be varied. 5% for expenses, which may arise during the transaction,
fax and phone bills inclusive.$12million US Dollars. when the money ($12million)
is moved into your discrete account, you will be allowed to draw 20% your
favor, while the remaining 70% will be invested meaningfully for our future
if possible in your area of business and deterrents sectors of the Economy
in your country which are dividends yielding.

Whatever your decision is please reach me immediately through my private
phone or Email, and keep this letter tight secret for the interest of my

Best Regards,

Daniel Kabila

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