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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. Vitaly G Savelyev" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 7 May 2022 08:04:39 -0700
Subject: Your attention is needed ta

I am Mr. Vitaly Gennadyevich Savelyev, Russia Minister of Transport and I will be happy if you can give me your attention because what is going on in Ukraine was not supported by many of us in Russia but we are under pressure that no one can speak against our leading government. Many countries are not in support and the sanctions are affecting us badly.

My main point of writing to you now is that I need assistance and confidential secrets regarding this issue. I will be happy if you will give me attention so that I will feed more on this transaction. I have some money with one of the bank in Thailand which I wants to move it out to another country because I want to use 30% of the fund to support Ukrainians that lost their homes, 30% will go for you and your family, 10% will be map out for any spend expenses made in this transaction while 30% goes to my panama secrete account.

Please, if you are willing to be part of this transaction, kindly send the following to enable us to proceed further.

1 Your name in full:
2 Addresses:
3 Occupations:
4 private phone and email:
5 Sex/ Age.

I will be glad to hear from you soon. Please send your reply to email:

Best Regards
Mr. Vitaly G Savelyev

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