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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. Andrey A. Vladimir." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2022 01:16:05 +0100
Subject: Mr. Andrey A. Vladimir.

My names are Andrey A. Vladimir. I’m from Moscow’, State of Russia.
I’m interested in investing in any good profitable yielding business and
I would appreciate any viable ideas you could come up with. I’m proposing
to invest the sum of Twenty Five Million United States Dollars ($25,000,000
USD).I don’t know if you can be of help to me and trusted for this. In
recent times, Russian and Ukrainian government been having issues and as a
result i will need your assistance to receive and secure the fund for me. I
will give you more details once I receive your response.

Mr. Andrey A. Vladimir.

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