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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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Fraud email example:

From: "alexei Zakharenko" <>
Date: Tue, 31 May 2005 01:04:38 +0000

Dear friend
I am Mr. Alexei Zakharenko a personal treasurer to Mikhail Khodorkovsky the
Richest man in Russia and owner of the following companies: Chairman CEO:
YUKOS OIL (Russian Largest Oil Company) Chairman CEO: Menatep SBP Bank (A
well reputable financial institution with it’s Branches all over the world)


I have a profiling amount in an excess of 100,000,000 dollar(one hundred
million dollar) which I seek your Partnership in accommodating for me. You
will be rewarded with 10% of the total sum for your partnership. Can you be
my partner on this?
INTRODUCTION OF MY SELF As a personal consultant to him, authority Was
handed over to me in transfer of money of an American oil merchant For his
last oil deal with my boss Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
Already the funds have left the shore of Russia to an European private Bank
where the final crediting is expected to be carried out.
While I was on the process, My Boss got arrested for his Involvement in
politics by financing the leading And opposing political parties (the Union
of Right Forces,led by Boris Nemtsov, and Yabloko, a liberal/social
democratic party Led by Gregor Yavlinsky) which poses treat to President
Vladimir Putin Second Tenure as Russian president.

You can catch more of the story on This website:

YOUR ROLE: All I need from you is to stand as the beneficiary of the Above
quoted Sum and I will re-profile the funds with your name, which will enable
The European bank transfer the sum to you. I have decided to use this Sum to
relocate to American continent and never to be connected to any Of Mikhail
Khodorkovsky conglomerates. The transaction has to be Concluded In 2 weeks
before Mikhail Khodorkovsky is out on bail. As Soon as I confirm your
readiness to conclude the transaction with me.

Contact me via my private so that i can furnish
you with more details.

Thank you very much.
Alexei Zakharenko [Mr]

NB:ignore this mail if you are not interested in the offer and you cannot
handle large Sums of money.

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