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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: "Mr. Nasko Gelimachev." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2018 18:20:54 -0000
Subject: Mutual Partnership

Good Day,

I represent a top company executive in Moscow. I have a very sensitive and private brief from this senior executive to ask for your partnership to re-profile funds worth twenty three million euros.

I will give the details, but in summary, the funds are coming from Moscow via a bank in Europe and this is a legitimate transaction. You will be paid 4% percent for your "management consultancy fees", if I am able to reach terms with you.

If you are interested, please write me back and provide your private email address, your telephone number and i will provide further details. Keep this close to your chest as much as possible; we can not afford any political problems as this is very important to the company executive.

I look forward to your response. Email me at:


Mr. Nasko Gelimachev.

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