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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Larisa Sosnitskaya" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 22:51:29 -0700
Subject: Urgent! Please read, very important. (YUKOS OIL)

Dear friend,

I am Larisa Sosnitskaya and I represent Mr. Mikhail Khordokovsky the former C.E.O of Yukos Oil Company in Russia. I have a very sensitive and confidential
brief from this top (oligarch) to ask for your partnership in re-profiling funds to the amount of US$46 million (Forty Six million United States Dollars). I will give you the details after I have received your response signifying your interest in this project, but in summary,note that the funds are coming via a Bank in UK

This is a legitimate transaction. You will be paid 20% as your commison/compensation for your active efforts and contribution to the success of this transaction. If you are interested, please do indicate by providing me with your confidentialtelephone number, fax number and email address and I will provide furtherd details and instructions.

Please keep this confidential as we cannot afford more political problems.Kindly send me your response as soon as possible via the following email address:

I look forward to it. Please reply me here:

Larisa Sosnitskaya

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