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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Sun, 03 Jul 2022 09:48:09 -0700
Subject: Can i Trust You? Treat As Confidential

Good day,
My name is Bolumsky Lukashenko ,a Ukrainian politician and an aide to IGOR KOVITSKY a member of the Ukranian parliament whose wife was arrested recently while she was trying to smuggle some funds from the border here in the the Dombas region under heavy bombardment by the Russian military.


I came across your profile from a global business magazine which i found satisfying and decided to contact you based on my desire to invest in any viable project in your country.

Since the war began i had to go on exile here in our neighbouring country, POLAND for my safety and i felt the need to contact you, due to the urgency of my predicament for a joint partnership investment and to assist me locate any viable project i can fund in your region. I would like this to be kept as HIGH SECRET between YOU and ME only, considering my position as a politician.

However, i would want you to guide me on the type of investment that will be of best interest and good benefit over there and also act as my investment manager since i'm ready to inject/move the sum of Fifteen Million, Three Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($15,300,000).

Further proceedings will be discussed as soon as you show sincere and full interest to co-operate and assist me in receiving and investing the funds with UTMOST TRUST.

Kindly reply with details to my private email address:

Yours Sincerely,
Mayor. Bolumsky Lukashenko
Whatsapp Tel: +48732085998

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