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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: Muslimov Ruslan <>
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2005 13:32:34 +0100
Subject: YUKOS OIL.

On behalf of Mr. Mikhail Khodorkovsky, my boss who motivated this intent although, I do not know you in
person but I do maintain my late father's-philosophy that business is people and contacts. Business is
always based on trust and open mindedness, and it is on this note that I act.If you are not familiar with
YUKOS Oil Company's profile or the reasons for Mr. Mikhail Khodorkovsky's arrest, please take a
moment of your very busy schedules to read about it on the following internet webpages:

Though imprisoned by the Russian Government at the momment, Mr. Mikhail Khodorkovsky and I have
agreed to employ your services since you are in no way associated with Yukos Oil & Gas company, to
assist us receive some funds for safe keeping and for onward investment in your country on our behalf as
our assets have been frozen in Russia and Switzerland while we have excess of USD5b lying there, we
are unable to liquidate them, or use them as guarantee for payment of the USD3.4b back taxes inflicted
on us by
the government.

We have decided to use your able self to realize our business portfolio in Hong Kong valued at
USD$50,000,000.00 (Fifty Million United States Dollars) Only and invest same in your country privately
and in disguise for our mutual benefit. This is because of our very sensitive position in the Government of
the Russian Federation under the auspices of President Vladimir Putin.

Meanwhile, we intend to liquidate this large investment portfolio as mentioned above and take the capital
derivative to provide a new investment in your country under your able management and supervision
thus negating any requirements for taxation in the Russian Federation.

I hope you are quite conversant with our predicaments with the Government and if not, please do not
hesitate to ask questions and I would be pleased to give you details of our problems and the Government
continued intention to confiscate everything that belongs to Yukos Oil & Gas.

The portfolio in question being liquidated arise from independent investments with the Civil Aviation
Department CAD in Hong Kong which of course is outside the Russian soil, so we can legitimately
liquidate the investment made payable to you but only if it is done quietly.

Therefore, we employ you to give us more insight of business investments information background in your
country and be assured that any information you give shall be treated with utmost confidentiality. This
portfolio in Hong Kong is the only one of our arms yet to be infected by the Moscow led fed tax offensive
designed to bring us down and we need you to help us keep it so.

We need funds from this portfolio and we can not get the funds through our own bank accounts without
arousing Moscow authorities. To avoid this, we need to completely re-profile the funds from this portfolio
in your names so as to turn away Moscow authorities and their ally from us since you are in noway
associated with Yukos Oil & Gas nor Mr. Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his associates.

In line of the above therefore and considering your services required, we make an offer of 4% of the net
value of the portfolio as your entitlement/commission for the solicited assistance rendered to made this
deal a success.If the above is acceptable, we humbly request that you send in your Letter of
Acceptance duly signed and a brief background description of yours via this private email address only:

More details of the logistics and modalities of realizing this transaction shall be discussed with you upon
the receipt of your detailed information/Credibility.

Thank you for your time and attention.


Muslimov Ruslan.
Yukos Oil & Gas,
Russian Federation.

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