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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: larisa sosnitskaya <>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 19:14:27 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: For our mutual benefit (Please take time to read)

Dear Friend,

I am Larisa Sosnitskaya and I represent Mr. Mikhail

Khordokovsky the former C.E.O of Yukos Oil Company in

Russia. I have a very sensitive and confidential

brief from this top (oligarch) to ask for your

partnership in re-profiling funds US$46 Million. I

will give the details, but in summary, the funds are

coming via Bank Menatep. This is a legitimate

transaction. You will be paid 20% as your

commison/compensation for your active efforts and

contribution to the success of this transaction.

You can catch more of the story on This website below

or you can watch more of CNN or BBC to get more news

about my boss.

If you are interested, please do indicate by

providing me with your confidential telephone

number,fax number and email address and I will

provide further details and instructions. Please keep

this confidential as we cannot afford more political

problems. Please do send me your response as soon as

possible via my personal email

look forward to it.


Larisa Sosnitskaya

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