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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: "VS - .151" <>
Date: 20 Nov 2017 17:46:38 +0100
Subject: please confirm | 13

Hello and good day.

I am looking to work with you to engage in a profit oriented
ventures in your country and perhaps with your assistance, we
could get good ROI and low tax rates.

I have the directive of Mr. Mikhail Khodorkovsky to source for a
partner abroad who can accommodate 150M & 350M USD for
Investments. The sums are derived from a project carried out with
Yukos Oil Company before the company merged with Rosneft Oil
Corporation in Russia.

We shall reassign the necessary documents to reflect your name
and also ensure payment is done by Rosneft. I guaranty we would
implement this under a legitimate arrangement without breaking
the law.

More details will follow upon your reply.


Vladimir Stankov.

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