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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: "Your Friend" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2010 04:34:33 +0200
Subject: How are you today

I am the personal secretary to Mr. Boris Mikhail Khodorkovsky, The arrested Chairman/Ceo of Yukos oil and bank Menatep SPB Russia, Who is presently in jail.
I have the documents of a large amount of funds which he handed over to me before he was detained and has been sentenced to jail for not paying Taxes and financing political parties (The Union of Right Forces, led By Mr. Boris Nemtsov and Yabloko, a Liberal/Social Democratic Party led by Gregor Yavlinsky) opposed to the government of Mr. Vladimir Putin, the President thereby leading to the freezing his finances and assets.
After searching through the books of your country's chambers of Commerce and industries here in Russia I am contacting you to assist me to Re-profile these funds and equally invest these funds in your country. The total amount of these funds to be re-profiled is Forty Six Million Dollars (USD 46,000,000.00) and you will be getting 20% for your Assistance. I shall furnish you with the necessary information's, my full details and my identification as soon as I receive your acceptance. 
I am not disclosing the full details of this transaction for now not until after I receive your Full acceptance as regard this transaction for security reason due to the present situation of my company.
Please Note: When you are replying back, you are advice to send your reply to my private email address:  This is very important.
Yours sincerely,
Your Friend.
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