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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "keep this confidential" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- This email message is a "Yukos oil" scam. The criminals who send such emails have no connection to Yukos Oil. The emails are usually sent from Nigeria. The only money that ever changes hands in this scam is from you to the criminals.
Fraud email example:
From: martins murphy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:08:36 +0000
Subject: Private Discuss:
I,Arthur Kolle, of YUKOS OIL COMPANY,representing Mr.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky (M.K.) and would like to ask for
your partnership in re-profiling funds over
I will give the details, but in summary, the funds are
coming via private bank and this is a legitimate
transaction. You will be paid 5% for your "management
fees".If you are interested, please write back and I
will provide further instructions.Keep this
Finally, please note that this must be concluded
within a short time.Write me back.
I look forward to it.