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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: "Aiska kabila" <>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2006 07:59:36 +0000

Democratic Republic of Congo

Good Day


I know you will be amazed to read from me, but please consider this letter
as a request from a widow in need of your help I am Dr.Mrs.Aisha Kabila, the
second wife of the late President of Democratic Republic of Congo, Laurent
Desire Kabila.

I on behalf of my only son smith Kabila I have decided to solicit for your
assistance to transfer the sum of USD$25.7Million,(Twenty five Million seven
hundred thousand United States Dollars) to your personal or company s
account, pending if the fund will be safe without any problem.This money was
part of the fund secured by my late husband when he was still in power.As
the wife, he relied on me; my attention was drowned to this said amount,in
case of unforeseen circumstances.

This fear was actualized on the 6th of January 2001 when his bodyguard,
Rasheed assassinated him (May his soul rest in peace, Amen) this fund is
Presently deposited with a private Security and finance company in
Johannesburg South Africa in favors of my son, we are presently residing as
an Asylum seeker in South Africa and the financial law of South Africa does
not gives us some certain financial right as a result we decided not to
invest this fund in Africa coupled the way this fund was acquired as well as
the pressure in my family from my husband first wife and her son (President
Joseph Desire Kabila)who is currently succeeding my late husband as my
country president

Please do not hesitate to contact my son smith Kabila on our direct contact
Telephone number:+27 839 422 940and e-mail( he will
inform you of the entire procedure to follow. For your assistance we have
agreed to offer you 20% of the total sum,while 70% will be for our
investment in your country and 10% will be set aside to take care of all
related expenses. Please your assistance is highly needed, you are required
to maintain the secrecy of this matter even if you are not interested I will
remain grateful.

God bless you Abundantly

Yours Truly,
Mrs. Aisha Kabila,
(For the family)


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