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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: "Presley Tito" <>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:26:22 +0200
Subject: Your Kind Assistance

- This mail is in HTML. Some elements may be ommited in plain text. -

Hello Partner,

I am Mr. Presley Tito 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 inre-profiling funds US$42.3 Million. I will give the details, but in summary,the funds are coming via Unclaimed Asset/Assets Re-United Firm in Switzerland. This is a legitimate transaction. You will be paid 30% for your "Management Fees".

If you are interested, please write back by mail: and provide me with your confidential telephone number,fax number and email address and I will provide further details and instructions. Please keep this confidential; we can't afford more political problems.

Finally, please note that this must be concluded within two weeks. Please write me back immediately through (


Mr. Presley Tito.

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