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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: nikolay sintsov <>
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2010 15:13:46 -0700 (PDT)

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
with its branches all over the world).


I have a profiling amount in an excess of Forty Million,Five
Hundred Thousand USA
Dollars(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
a threat to President Vladimir Putin's 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 finance company
transfer the sum
to you.

I have decided to use this sum to relocate to your country as
soon as the funds
are transfered to you and never to be connected to any of
Mikhail Khodorkovsky
conglomerates. Presently I am in London in Europe,for a
hide out.

The transaction has to be concluded as soon and as I confirm
your readiness to
proceed with me, I will provide you with

contact me at my private email address:
you very much.


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