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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: Moni Kabila <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007 01:22:49 +0000
Subject: From:Madam Moni

Dearest,I am Madam Moni Kabila, from Democratic Republic of Congo.There is an information I would like you to keep very confidential There is sum amount of money my Husband Late President Laurent Kabila,deposited in one Security Company here in Accra-Ghana for safe investment.Before he was killed by his Eldest Millitary Son.The squable happened as immediately we returned back from our Spain 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 ugly incidents.The Eldest Son is the current President of our country now.For now I am staying in Accra, the capital of Republic of Ghana,just to save my life,with my three children.The money in question, is 18, Million U.S.Dollars.I can not make the withdrawal of this fund, because my husband registered the Beneficiary of the fund as his (Foreign Bussiness Patner) The documents of the deposit are with me.What I would want you to do, is to assist me to get the found with drawn from the Security Company and transfer the money to your country, through your account.We shall replace the name foreign Patner to your own name, because the code was used for security reason.I will give you the 15% of the money for your assistance.There is no risk in this transaction.I will use the remain balance of the money for an investment in your country for the future of my children.If you are interested, and can maintain the very confidential of this transaction,you e-mail me immediately for more clarification, and also note that I am a refugees in Accra-Ghana because 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, but my son Mack speaks English very well. Thank you very much.Madam Moni Kabila
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