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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: "Yukos Oil Company" <>
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2007 05:50:50 +0100

Hello Sir/Madam,

I am Dr.Borris Olga. and I represent Mr. Mikhail Khordokovsky
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$42.3 Million. I will give the details, but in
summary, the funds are coming via Bank in europe . This is a legitimate

transaction.You will be paid 25% for your "Management Fees".
If you are interested, please write back by
and provide me with your confidential telephone number,fax number and email

address and I will provide further details and instructions. Please
keep this confidential; we can't afford more political problems. Finally,

please note that this must be concluded within two weeks.
Please advice me on your position by email immediately via , as i look forward to your mail.visite our

Dr.Borris Olga


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