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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: "marie kabila" <>
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2007 18:59:22 +0000
Subject: urgent assistance

Good day,

I know this mail might come to you as surprise but kindly allow me the
opportunity of introducing myself. I am Ms. Marie Kabila; daughter of the
former head of state/president of Congo-Kinshasa (former Zaire), Mr. Laurent
Desire Kabila. I got your particulars through the South African Chamber of
Commerce; However, i am contacting you in order to ask for your assistance
on this confidential business proposal with full financial benefit for both
my family and you.

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 USD8.5 Million from a secret sale of Diamond by
my father before he was assassinated by one of his body guards (Rashid) on
January 16th 2001. The essence of this mail is to ask you to stand as my
foreign partner and receive the fund on my behalf as i can not do much on my
own due to security reasons, my narration below will explain better. Before
i continue, be well informed that your share in this transaction has been
calculated at 30% of the total sum, 5% for expenses that may be incurred if
any and the rest for my family and me.

My father as an 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 colonise all the money and
private property which our father left behind for the whole family. Now my
mother, myself and my younger brother 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 this fund for relocation
overseas and for proper investment jointly between we and you. 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 in cash
and is secured in a security company as family treasures.

I am waiting for your quick and favourable response, and in case you have
any question(s), do not hesitate to contact me urgently.


Ms. Marie Kabila.

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