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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 K <>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2021 15:27:54 +0200
Subject: Good day,

Good day,

It gives me a great pleasure to contact you. I am Aisha Kabila (the last
wife of the former Congolese Military President, Laurent Kabila) who died
mysteriously in the year 2000, I have been in South Africa since 2018, do
to hash treatment from *Joseph* who is penny pinched. I decided to contact
you so that we can arrange with you for favorable terms of trade, and the
possibility of moving some family funds (*US$25M) Twenty five Million
united-states Dollars* which I moved to South Africa and deposited in a
private security company as Family Treasures. Since the death of my
husband, *Joseph* who is the first son of my husband from another wife,
have not allowed me and my kids to enjoy the presidential privilege because
of the enmity that existed between the mother and me, Consequently our bank
account in Congo and abroad have been frozen in a very wicked Manner,

For security reasons all Communications regarding to this transaction
should be strictly by phone and email. We have agreed to offer you *20%* 0f
the *$25Million*, for your assistance to us, while you will hold *80%* on
trust for us as we would like to do a good business Investment in your
country, Please you are required to treat this letter Highly confidential
as no other person knows about this money Except me, my son *(FRANCIS)*,
your very self and our lawyer in South Africa. Please do contact my son
Francis on +27734851393. Looking forward to hearing from
you via my son. May God bless you as you help a widow in need of help?

Yours sincerely,


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