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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: Richard Kamp <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 03:28:59 +0200

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM Dr. RICHARD KAMP My Good Friend, I am Richard Kamp a personal 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) I have a profiling amount in an excess of US$100.5M, which I seek your Partnership in acommodating for me. You will be rewarded with 50% of The total sum as your management fees. Can you be my partner on this? In a summary of this transaction, I want you to understand that this fund has left the shores of russia to an European bank in UK, before the arrest of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, 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 bank transfer the sum to you. The transaction has to be concluded in 2 weeks before Mikhail Khodorkovsky is out on bail. As soon as I confirm your readiness to conclude the transaction with me, I will provide you with more explanations and full details of this transaction.Thank you very much for your understanding as i will await for your quick response. You can catch more of the story on This website: Warmest Regards Richard Kamp (Dr)
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