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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: larisa_sos <>
Date: Wed, 17 May 2006 09:08:38 -0700

Dear Friend,
I am Larisa Sosnitskaya and I represent Mr. Mikhail Khordokovsky the
former C.E.O of Yukos Oil Company in Russia.

I have a very sensitive and confidential brief from this top (oligarch)
to ask for your partnership in re-profiling funds US$46 Million. I will
give the details, but in summary, the funds are coming via Bank Menatep.

This is a legitimate transaction.

You will be paid 20% as your commision/compensation for your active
efforts and contirbution to the success of this transaction.

You can catch more of the story on This website below or you can watch
more of CCN or BBC to get more news about my boss.

If you are interested, please do indicate by providing me with your
confidential telephone number,fax number and email address and I will
provide further details and instructions. Please keep this confidential as
we cannot afford more political problems. Please do send me your
response as soon as possible via my personal email:
look forward to hearing from you.
Larisa Sosnitskaya

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