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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: =?UTF-8?B?QWxiZXJ0IHZsYWRpbWly?= <>
Date: Sun, 16 Jun 2019 15:09:18 +0300

 Dear Sir
Good day , my company BURKHIM RESURS LLC is a mandate to a reliable refinery under the Russia federation that have the authority to resell and represent refineries for the sales of petroleum product of Russian Origin and of international standard specifications, our major products are Aviation Kerosene Jet Fuel jp54, Mazut M100, Virgin d6 fuel oiland Diesel Gas oil D2, We are ready and willing to provide all necessary assistance to ensure an effective transaction, kindly let us know if you are interested to enable us provide our soft corporate offer which includes our terms and condition of the transaction.. .. Kindly contact me on my email: or skype +79256868604

 Best Regards
Albert vladimir

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