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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: "Sintsov Nikolay" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 05:16:47 +0100

Good day,

I am Nikolay Sintsov personal assistant to Mikhail Khodorkovsky once rated
as the richest man in Russia and owner of YUKOS OIL (Russian largest oil
company),chairman CEO: Menatep SBP Bank (a well reputable financial
institution with its branches all over the world).


I have a profiling amount in an excess of US$40.5M, which I seek you to
accommodate for me. You will be rewarded with 40% of the total sum for your
partnership. Can you handle this?

As his personal assistant, I was authorized to transfer money of an American
oil merchant for his last oil deal with my boss Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

The funds have since left the shores of America to a European private
financial institution where the final crediting is 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 parties (the Union of Right
Forces, led by Boris Nemtsov, and Yabloko, a liberal/social democratic party
led by Gregor Yavlinsky), which posed as a threat to President Vladimir
Putin Second Tenure as Russian president. Since then, I have placed on hold
all transactions concerning this amount. You can catch more of the story on
this website:


All I need from you is to stand as the beneficiary of the above mentioned
sum and I will re-profile the funds with your data, which will enable the
financial firm transfer the sum to you. I have decided to use this sum to
relocate to the American continent and never to be connected to any of
Mikhail Khodorkovsky conglomerates, presently I am in London, United
Kingdom. The transaction has to be concluded soon and as I confirm your
readiness to proceed with me, I will provide you with details.
Thank you very much.

Nikolay Sintsov

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