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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: "Rigo Feretz" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 22:23:41 +0100
Subject: Reply

Dear Partner,

I am Mr. Rigo Feretz a personal financial treasurer to Mikhail Khodorkovsky,
the owner of the following companies: Chairman CEO: YUKOS OIL (Russian
Largest Oil Company) Chairman CEO: Menatep SBP Bank (A well reputable
financial institution with Branches all over the world), during Putin's

SOURCE OF FUNDS: I have a profiling amount in an excess of One hundred
million dollar which I seek your Partnership in accommodating for me. You
will be rewarded with 10% of the total sum for your partnership. Already the
funds have left the shore of Russia through diplimatic means to a European
Holding firm where the final crediting is expected to be carried out. While
I was on the process, My Boss got arrested for his Involvement in politics
by financing the leading And opposing political party (the Union of Right
Forces, led by Boris Nemtsov, and Yabloko, a liberal/social democratic party
Led by Gregor Yavlinsky) which poses threat to President Vladimir Putin
Second Tenure as Russian President.

YOUR ROLE: All I need from you is to stand as the beneficiary of the above
quoted sum and I will re-profile the funds with your name, which will enable
the European Holding firm transfer the sum to you. I have decided to use
this sum to relocate to American continent and never to be connected to any
of Mikhail khodorkovsky conglomerates. The transaction has to be concluded
within 5 to 10 working days, as soon as I confirm your readiness to conclude
the transaction with me. Contact me via my private email:
feretzz@live.comso that I can furnish you with more details.Thank you
very much.

Rigo Feretz [Mr]

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