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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: Natalka Evanko<>
Date: 18 Oct 2022 21:56:14 -0700
Subject: Compliment of the day.

Dear Beloved,

Please read carefully, as it may be one of the most important
emails you ever get, I hope this mail meets you in good time, my
name is Mrs.Natalka Evanko, I am married to Late Mr. Fedir
Evanko from Ukraine ,He was a sunflower oil, wheat and maize
farmer, He used to work with Oil Company in London and was also a
seasoned contractor in the South East Asia Region, He died first
week of Russia invasion of Ukraine, it was very terrible.

I was diagnosed with Esophagus cancer and the Doctor told me that
I would not last long due to my complicated health issues and the
war in my country Ukraine.

Before the death of my husband he made a deposit of $10 Million
dollars which we intended to use for a grain business in Thailand
, which no one knows of this huge cash Deposit, before his death,
I have been battling with Cancer and according to my doctor the
stage is uncontrollable now and I have few time to live and am
currently at an intensive care home outside my country Ukraine
due to the war.

I want to sow this fund from my deceased husband’s enterprise as
a seed in your care to the glory of God since we have no Child to
inherit them. I will want you to dispatch it to charity
organizations such as motherless /less privileged/widows as I
want this to be one of the last good deeds I and my late husband
did on earth if only you will be sincere, Now that my health has
deteriorated so badly, I can't do this myself anymore.

Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for another
individual for this same purpose.If you are not interested,kindly
pardon me for contacting you.

Please kindly get back to me Email :

Yours sincerely,
Mrs Natalka Evanko

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