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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: mrs mornica tkachenkov < >
Date: 19 Oct 2022 19:21:45 +0500

Hello admin,

I am here to seek your humanitarian assistance "Help" on my Daughter Zlata behalf.

My name is Mrs Monica Tkachenkov, my husband and two of my children were killed by the Russian military strike the night my country Ukraine was invaded by (PUTIN) and his Russian soldiers. I am presently in the hospital as a result of the injury "wounds" I sustained from the bomb that blasted in through our home,  that left my husband and two children dead. It's still like a nightmare I'm yet to recover from.

My husband until his death was one of the senior director with the YENAKIYEVE IRON AND STEEL COMPANY here in Ukraine. I have a surviving daughter in Spain, her name is Zlata. She survived and was among the first set of children evacuated from Ukraine to Spain. I have a severe injuries deep cuts on my body that triggered complicated health issues the doctors said I may not survive. I have undergone multiple surgery due to the injury I sustained on the night of the attack.  .

At this point I know my life is hanging on the balance, the doctors are doing their best to safe my life but I was just told the last operation (surgery) they are to carry out on me is based on 50/50 chances to live or die. I have no one to reach out for assistance. Our friends relatives/family members have ran out of Ukraine. A lot have died while the lucky ones are scattered all over Europe seeking for a SAFE HEAVEN.

My husband has a deposit of Eight, Million Eight Hundred Thousand Euros  (8,800,000 Euro) with a Finance institution in the United States. This money was moved from Ukraine to United State at the point it was obvious that Russia (Putin) soldiers were going to attack our country Ukraine. I seek your indulgence to please adopt my daughter Zlata in your care and have her grow up among your children/family under your care. I will ask the finance institution or officer in charge of the funds to reach you once you assure me of your sincere and honest commitment to assist my helpless and only surviving daughter Zlata, who is presently in Refugee camp in Spain.  

I plead with you to assist my daughter Zlata, take her and be her new Father/Mother/Guardian. Zlata is a beautiful and unique girl you will love to meet, comfortable while growing up around her family before the demon "Putin" and his Russian military invade our country and destroy everything the Ukraine people labored for.

If in case something happens to me during or after the surgery. Please take this as my WILL or WISH that you will carry out my instructions by investing 50% of the 8.8 Million Euro into profitable interest yielding business the proceed of the the investment will be used to look after my daughter "Zlata" until she grows to maturity age to values life and appreciate things.
20% of the amount will be deposit in fixed account with a bank in Zlata's name, with an instruction that the money is to be made accessible to her when she turns eighteen (18) years of age. 20% is for yourself and family while the remaining 10% is for miscellaneous expenses encountered in the process.

My prayer is to see my daughter again if the surgery goes successfully.

I will be happy and appreciate reading from your quick reply email accepting to assist my daughter have a life even when I'm gone, I believe in my heart you will be  good person, my daughter is in a safe hands.

Please contact my husband's Attorney David Mathews  on his email  , to inform you how to proceed with the transaction, or you can reply via my  email.

Thank you for your help and understanding.

Mrs Monica Tkachenko

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