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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: "Mikhailovich Andreev Kriskovsky" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 12:48:32 +0000
Subject: Message From Mikhailovich Andreev Kriskovsky


Good-day to you,

I am Mikhailovich Andreev Kriskovsky YUKOS OIL Branch office London and the
Personal Treasurer to Mikhail Borisovich Khodorkovsky the President/Chief
Executive Officer of the following companies YUKOS OIL (Russian Most Largest
Oil Company) and Menatep SBP Bank (A well Reputable Financial Institution
with its Branches worldwide). He was considered as the most powerful of the
Russian business oligarchs, and the 16th wealthiest man in the world.

Firstly, I must solicit your strictest confidence in this transaction; this
is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and TOP SECRET, I
am sure and have confidence of your ability and reliability to prosecute
this entire transaction.

The document of the above funds was handed over to me for payment of an
American oil merchant. Already my boss Mikhail Khodorkovsky has deposited
the funds with his bank Menatep SBP Bank Russia where the final transfer is
expected to be carried out. While I was on the process of transferring the
funds, My Boss was arrested for his involvement on alleged tax evasion.

On the 25th of October 2003. Mikhail Borisovich Khodorkovsky was arrested to
face charges of massive fraud and tax evasion /tax-related charges. And was
sentenced to (9) nine years in prison on 31st of May, 2005. A wide variety
of international journalists, considers the process to be politically
motivated. Therefore, on receipt of your immediate response, we shall
discuss the compulsory modalities. I have all the necessary documentations
to process the transfer. Note that you will be entitled to share 30% of the
total funds.

I consequently request your maximum assistance and approvals to facilitate
the transfer of the above funds with Menatep SBP Bank Russia where these
huge funds were deposited.

You are requested to fax your company name and address/personal telephone
and fax numbers.

In conclusion, I guarantee that this operation will be executed under a
legitimate arrangement that will protect us from any breach of law.

Best Regards,

Mikhailovich Andreev Kriskovsky

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