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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: "Mrs Larisa" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 17:42:11 -0500

Dear Friend,

My name is Mrs. Larisa Sosnitskaya, personal secretary to Mr. Boris Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the arrested Chairman/Ceo of Yukos oil and bank Menatep SPB Russia, who is presently in jail.

I have the documents of a large amount of funds which he handed over to me before he detained and has been sentenced to jail for not paying taxes and financing political parties (the union of right forces, led by Mr. Boris Nemtsov and Yabloko, a liberal/social democratic party led by
Gregor Yavlinsky) opposed to the government of Mr. Vladmir Putin, the president thereby leading to the freezing his finances and assets.

After searching through the books of your country’s chambers of commerce and industries here in Russia I am contacting you to assist me to re-profile this fund and equally invest this fund in your country.The total amount of these funds to be re-profiled is forty six million dollars (USD 46,000,000.00) and you will be getting 20% for your assistance.

I shall furnish you with necessary information’s and my identifications as soon I receive your acceptance which should be sent to my private email box

Yours sincerely,

Mrs. Larisa Sosnitskaya

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