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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: peters martin <>
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 19:17:30 +0800 (CST)
Subject: I need your co-operation.

Dear Sir,

I am Mr Michael Peters 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 him to ask for your partnership in re-profiling funds in a
private bank investment portfolio in Western Europe. I will give the details, but in summary, the funds are coming via Bank Menatep in Russia. This is a legitimate transaction. You will be paid 2% of the portfolio investment value as your "management fees".

If you are interested, please write back to me via my private E-mail: and provide me with your confidential telephone number, fax number and email address and I will provide further details and if you are satisfied I can proceed with the instructions. Please we can not afford any political problems because of recent events in Russia. So I will advice you keep this to your self.

Finally, please note that this must be concluded within reasonable time frame
therefore your prompt reply is essential.

Write me back.
I look forward to it.
Michael Peters
Tel : 44 7011146770

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