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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: "lariskaya01" <lariskaya01@terra.com.mx>
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 16:21:53 -0600
Subject: Can you handle this?


Dear Friend,
I have an amount in an excess of US$16MUSD, which I seek your partnership in accommodating for me. You will be rewarded with 20% of the total sum for your partnership.
Can you be my partner on this?
INTRODUCTION OF MY SELF:
I am Larisa Sosnitskaya, a personal secretary to Mikhail Khodorkovsky the richest man in Russia and owner of the following companies: Chairman CEO: YUKOS OIL (Russian Most Largest Oil Company) Chairman CEO: Menatep SBP Bank (A well reputable financial institution with its branches all over the world)
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
The documents of the above funds in question was handed over to me to be used in payment of an American oil merchant for his last oil deal with my boss Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
Already the funds have been deposited with ACCESS TREASURY SERVICES PLC UK,where the final crediting is expected to be carried out. While I was on the process, My Boss got arrested for his involvement on politics in 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

http://newsfromrussia.com/main/2003/11/13/51215.html
YOUR ROLE:
All I need from you is to stand as the beneficiary of the above quoted sum and I will arrange for the documentation which will enable ACCESS TREASURY SERVICES PLC UK 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.
As soon as I get your willingness to comply, I will give you more details.

Thank you very much.
Regards
Larisa Nitskaya



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