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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: "Mr Vladimir - " <>
Date: 19 May 2017 02:56:23 -0700
Subject: Dear Beneficiary,

Hello and good day.

I am looking to work with a reputable individual/firm to engage
in a profit oriented ventures in your country and perhaps with
your assistance, we could get low tax rates.

I have the directive of Mr. Mikhail Khodorkovsky to source for
partner abroad who can accommodate and manage 150M & 350M USD
respectively. The sums are derived from an executed project with
Yukos Oil Company before the company was change merged into
Rosneft Oil Corporation in Russia.

We shall apply for the necessary paper work required to re-
profile your name as the receipient and also ensure payment is
carried out by Rosneft into a bank account in your name. I
guaranty we would execute this business under a legitimate
arrangement without breach of the law.

Further details will follow upon your positive reply.


Vladimir Stankov.

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