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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: "Aleksandr Kovalenko" <>
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2022 02:30:14 -0700
Subject: Hello friend, read and reply back.

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

I am Mr Aleksandr Kovalenko from Ukraine, because of the war here I am looking for a possible tie-up with a business partnership with you in your country. I will be glad to partner with you and invest my money $5.5million USD in your country.

I will give you full details when I receive your interested reply today

Best Regard,
Mr Aleksandr Kovalenko

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