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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: kabila rita <>
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2007 22:57:29 +1100 (EST)
Subject: From Mrs Rita Kabila.

My Dear,

I am Mrs.Rita Kabila, from Democratic Republic of Congo. There is an information I would like you to keep very confidential, there is this amount of money my Husband Late President Laurent
Kabila, deposited in a security company here in Abidjan Cote d'ivoire for safe keeping. Before he was killed by his Eldest Millitary Son. The squable happened as immediately we returned back from our London trip. My husband married us two. I am the second wife. I will not be able to give you the full details that led to that urgly incidents. The Eldest Son is the current President of our country now. For now I am staying in Abijdan, the capital of Republic of Cote d'voire,just to save my life,with my three children. The money in question, is 22, Million U.S.Dollars.

I can not make the withdrawal of this fund, because my husband registered the Beneficiary of the fund as his (Foriegn Bussiness Patner) and also (Family valuables as the content of the deposit). The documents of the deposit are with me.

What I would want you to do is to assits me to get the consignments withdrawn from the security company, and we shall open a small account in a Bank here in your name, and transfer the money to your country through the account .We shall replace the name Foriegn Patner to your own name, because the code
was used for security reason.

I will give you the 10% of the money for your assitance. There is no risk in this transaction. I will use the remaining balance of the money for an investiment in your country for the future of my children.

If you are intrested and can maintain the very confidentiality of this transaction you e-mail me immediately for more clearification, and also note that I am in a
refugee camp in Abidjan, Cote d’ lvoire becuase of the assasnation of my late husband and the civil war going on in our country,Democratic Republic
of Congo.

I can speak little english and my son also speaks english very well his name is Mark and thank you very much.

Mrs.Rita Kabila.

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