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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: "doreen kabila" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 15:24:14 +0000

Dear Friend,

It is with heart full of hope that I write to seek your candid help.I am.
Mrs. Doreen Kabila. a woman of 42 years old resident in Democratic Republic
of Congo over 25 years ago. I am the 6th wife of the Late Congo President,
Laurent Kabila who was assassinated few years ago.

You may be surprise to receive my letter, however, I got your contact from
my private search on the internet and decided to contact you for
confidential business. Since the death of my husband, president Laurent
Kabila, there has been incessant hostilities spanning in the family over his
'will. My only son Magnus Kabila. and I have been marginalized by other
wives and his first son Joseph Kabila who succeeded him as the new president
of Democratic Republic of Congo. Perhaps because of my closeness with my
late husband as his last and youngest wife or because I am a foreigner.

However, before the death of my husband, Laurent Kabila he deposited the sum
of $40.300,000.00 (Forty Million Three Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars)in my name in a bank abroad. whose name is witheld for now until we
open communication. I shall be grateful if you could receive this fund into
your account for safe keeping. I promise to give you 20% at the end of the
transaction. Observe carefully no risk inherent, so, I urge you not to
underestimate this vision. My only son Magnus and I shall come over
immediately the finacial institution the money to your account to meet with
you in your country.
As soon as I receive your consent, relevant documents will be prepared in
your favour

authenticating you as the beneficiary of the funds I look forward for your
quick response, to my alternative email;
for more detail information.
Best regards,
Mrs .Doreen Kabila.

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