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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: "Mrs. Natalya Yancukova" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 6 Apr 2017 01:13:57 -0000
Subject: Urgent Business Proposal

Dear Sir,
Urgent Business Proposal
I am Mrs. Natalya Yancukova, the confidential secretary/financial adviser to Mr. Vladimir Yevtushenkov, who is the president and principal shareholder of AFK Sistema, who was accused of money-laundering and placed under house arrest by a Moscow court. If you could invest for my boss who is presently watched by Russian Government just because he is an opposition to the dictator Russian president PUTIN, and this can lead to the seizure of some of his companies and funds, this is why my boss is seeking for your expertise in investing  US$800,000,000.00 (Eight Hundred Million United States Dollars) discretely in diverse projects.
Once I receive a message from you informing me of your interest in this proposal, more details of this transaction/the terms and conditions of sharing would be communicated  to you.
Should you not be interested to assist/participate in this venture, kindly delete this message.
Mrs. Natalya Yancukova.

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