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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: "william anderson" <>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 12:08:42 +0400
Subject: Asisstance needed

Asisstance needed
Goodday Sir/Madam

I write to seek your co-operation as my foreign partner.
This letter may come to you as a surprise due to the fact we have never
I apologize if this letter does not Suit your personal or business ethics.
My names is William Anderson a personal financial 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).
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:
stm http:
// http://www.nationmaster.
com/encyclopedia/Mikhail-khodorkovsky http://newsfromrussia.
SOURCE OF FUNDS: I have a profiling amount in an excess of $10,000,000
(Ten million dollars) which I seek your Partnership in accommodating for me.

You will be rewarded with 25% of the total sum for your partnership.
Already the funds have
left the shore of Russia through diplomatic means to a European Holding
firm where the final crediting is expected to be carried out.
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 Holding firm transfer the sum to you.I have all necessary
information that can be used to back up any claim we may make. All I require
is your honest co-operation to enable us see this deal through.
I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that
will protect you from any breach of the law.
At the moment I have fled from Russia and now resides in Germany.

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 within 5 to 10 bank working days, as
soon as I confirm your readiness to conclude the transaction with me.
Contact me via my private box: so that I can
furnish you with more details.
A swift acknowledgement on the receipt of this letter would be appreciated.
Thank you and God bless you.

Your´s Sincerely
William Anderson
You may write me in german if you wish.
Please delete this letter if you are not interested.

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