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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: "Mrs.Ahatulebha Sos" <>
Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 15:29:40 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: COMPLIMENT!!!

Dear Friend,

In the name of the Almighty God will i beg you to urgently advice me on how we can move and invest the funds of my former boss Mr.Mikhail Khodorkovsky (owner of Yukos oil in Russia) who was jailed October 2005 by the Russian Government for financing political parties (the union of right forces, led by Boris nemtsov, and yabloko, a liberal/social democratic party led by Gregor yavlinsky) which are Opposed to the government of Mr.Vladmir Putin.

I have the documents of the funds being his personal secretary that he gave to me before his arrest and trial and I am contacting you to advice on how safe to get the funds re-profilled in your name and equally invest it on his behalf in your country. The total amount of funds to be re-profiled is Two Hundred and Sixteen Million Dollars (USD$216,000,000.00) and you will be given 9% of these Funds for your management services in investing these funds as soon as they are transferred into your bank account, which must be where you reside for proper monitoring.

As soon as I receive your acceptance, I will send you the necessary details and my identification.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs.Ahatulebha Sos.

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