Friends Jailed for 15 Years for a 419 Scam

A South African and his Nigerian friend have been jailed for 15 years for a 419 scam. Jabu Nkabinde, 33, and Olusegun Justus Davies, 35, opened a bank account using a dead man’s identity and then cheated four people. They told their victims that they had won about £30.5-million in a UK lottery and for receiving the prize amount they have to pay “administration fees” into a fake account. Nkabinde and Davies were found guilty on six charges of fraud by the Pretoria Specialized Commercial Crimes Court.

In 2005, they opened a bank account at Absa in the name of Mthandazile Bhudane, and sent out emails to the victims informing them they had won a “6 Ball Lotto Game” contest in the UK and a administration charge of 4,550 pound was required to process the prize amount. They told the victims that M Bhudane is the “region agent” of the “6 Ball Lotto Game” in South Africa and wanted them to deposit money in his bank account.

So many people thought that they actually got the prize and when they asked for proof, these two men sent them certificates and faxes to “confirm” their winnings. They all deposited between R52 097 and R53 872, depending on the exchange rate.

But they never received their millions. In addition, the two men used their account to obtain a bond of R320 000 for a house from another bank. Nkabinde went into the bank in August 2005 to withdraw money from the account. The teller got some suspect and informed the police. Some days later Davies got arrested in the house.

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