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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: "Aisha Kabila" <>
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 10:51:47 +0200

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 urgent assistance. I am  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 Francis 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 only) to your personal or company’s account, for an overseas investment. 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 one of his bodyguards assassinated him (May his soul rest in peace). 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
Asylum seekers 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.
For more details on how we can be able to achieve the success of this transaction, please do contact my son Francis immediately on ( as 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. Your urgent response will be highly appreciated. Do also remember to maintain the confidentiality that this transaction demands.
Yours Truly,
Mrs. Aisha Kabila,
(For the family).

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