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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: "john kbaila" <>
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 15:44:50 +0200

PHONE NO 27726650256

Dear Sir,

with due respect, trust and humility, I write to you irrespective of the
fact that you do not know me. Let me formally introduce myself. I am MR JOHN
KABILA I served as a personal military advisor during the aborted rule of
late President Laurent Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo
(D.R.C) who was assassinated on January 16, 2001, by one of his close aides.
I came across your contact courtesy of the world business journal from the
Johannesburg chamber of commerce, in my earnest search for a reliable and
trust worthy individual who can help me handle this confidential

On May 17, 1997, after months of guerrilla warfare, late President Kabila
came to power by successfully ousting the former dictator, late President
Mobutu Sees Seiko. After assuming office on May 29, 1997, Late President
Desire Laurent Kabila, a former rebel leader, fought a rebellion from
the disaffected Tutsis from Goma in the Eastern Congo (D.R.C), backed by
Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi till late.

The late president Kabila had arranged under my care for arms purchase from
the Republic of South Africa worth US$38M (Thirty Eight Million United
States Dollars) cash. This money was brought into South Africa through
diplomatic means. Soon after the news of President Kabuli’s Death reached
while in Johannesburg, South Africa, I decided to keep this money for
personal purposes. Presently, the money is deposited and secured in the
vaults of a private security company in Johannesburg for safekeeping.

Presently, I am residing temporarily in Johannesburg pending the outcome of
an appeal filed on my behalf by my attorney for the department of Home
affairs to grant me asylum status. At the moment I am in a dilemma on how to
move this money safely out of South Africa, due to its government monetary
policies, rules and regulations. Moreover owing to sensitive and volatile
political status of the region, it would be most dangerous to attempt
investments here as such act could jeopardize my chances.

In recognition of your personal executive powers and investment
opportunities that abound in your country, I solicit for your assistance in
moving this money into your bank account for safekeeping pending my arrival
for investment. I have resolved to adequately compensate you by
offering a brokerage commission of 30% net pre-transfer expenses you may
10% set aside for general expenses and 60% for investment and I guarantee
that all expenses during the transaction are subject to refund.

I must emphasize that this proposal requires a high degree of
confidentiality and mutual trust. I have in mind to establish a genuine
business relationship with you in the nearest future, if you will be
able to help me. Please let me receive your approval or reply by direct
faxing or telephone and feel free to ask questions you may consider
relevant.Please accept my warm compliments, as I earnestly await your urgent



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