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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 larisa <larisa@llarisa.orangehome.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2006 15:10:06 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Dear Friend,


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 will be coming to you via bank where Mr. Mikhail Khodorkovsky
kept this money. This is a legitimate transaction. You will be paid 15% as your commission/compensation for your active efforts and contribution to the success of this transaction.
You can catch more of the stories on these website below or you can watch more of CCN or BBC to get more news about my boss.
http://www.mosnews.com/mn-files/khodorkovsky.shtml
http://www.mbktrial.com/
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3213505.stm
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2005/04/11/041.html
http://www.nndb.com/people/633/000025558/
If you are interested, please do indicate by providing me with your confidential telephone number, fax number and email address and I will provide you with further details/instructions. Please keep this business confidential as we cannot afford more political problems in Russia. Please do send me your response as soon as possible by my personal email :
larisasosnitsks@aim.com
I look forward to it.
Regards,
Larisa Sosnitskaya

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