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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: levin noskov <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2012 22:47:21 +0000
Subject: Dear Partner,

Dear Partner,

I am Mr.Levin Noskov a personal chief financial treasurer to Mikhail Khodorkovsky the Richest man in Russia and 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)

SOURCE OF FUNDS: I have a profiling amount in an excess of twenty three million dollars ($23M) which I seek your
Partnership in accommodating for me. You will be rewarded with 20% of the total sum for your partnership. Already the funds
have left the shore of Russia through diplomatic means to a European Holding firm where the final crediting is expected to
be carried out. You can catch more of the story on this


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. once i hear from you then i will furnish
you with more details,i await yur response Via email. (
Levin Noskov [Mr]
Chief Financial Treasurer
to Mikhail Khodorkovsky

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