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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:

Date: 7 Jul 2022 16:32:08 -0700
Subject: Hello Friend/Our Business Partnership.

How are you today? I Hope you are staying safe,

I am Mr Aleksandr Kovalenko from Ukraine, and I am an investor
and real estate developer. I am looking for a possible tie-up
with a business or individual in your country so that I can do
some investments there as my country's economy has been ravaged
by the Russian invasion which no one knows when it will end.

I have Ten Million five Hundred Thousand Dollars.($10,500,000.00)
to invest in any good business in your country.

My family Wife and Daughter have crossed to Poland for refugee, I
am still in my country Ukraine as our President do not allow men
to cross the border, we were asked to stay back and defend our

I have move the funds to Poland through a help of a Security
Company from Ukraine, please I will like you to receive this Fund
and invest it in a good business and thereafter you take my Wife
and Daughter out from Poland to your country and take good care
of them as am in a war zone which I don't know when this war will
end, most importantly I want you to take good care of my family.

There are no economic activities going on again in Ukraine since
the Russian invasion started. Looking forward to your sincere
reply, and I will send more information on what next to do.

Please I need your urgent reply to this email above.
Best Regard,
Mr Aleksandr Kovalenko

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