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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: "Mariana Tkachenko IBAHIBHA"<>

Dear Friend,
I hope that all is well with you and your entire household, I am Mariana Tkachenko the daughter of Mr.Tkachenko IBAHIBHA (Ukraine sunflower oil, wheat, and maize farmer) my parents and my little brother were murdered by the Russian Army troop because of the war between Russia and Ukraine it was so very terrible. He was a sunflower oil, wheat, and maize farmer who have invested much in agriculture and political opponents.
I acknowledge very well that my father deposited the sum of 6, 500,000.00 (Six Million Five Hundred Thousand Euros). with a security and finance company in France with the intention of using it for the purchase of new farm machinery and chemical for Agricultural, well I got your contact through the chamber of commerce, as you may know, living in Ukraine is currently very risky and for this reason, I am contacting you with great confidence in the hope of entrusting you with the care and custody of the fund for investment purposes in your country. Please, I would like to know how convenient it might be for you to assist me to claim the fund as a good business partner to my late father Mr.Tkachenko IBAHIBHA. The fund in question is 6,500,000.00 (Six Million Five Hundred Thousand Euros). I want you to understand that this is purely a family fund, not a money laundering affair.
I solicit your honest assistance as I want this fund to be transferred to your account overseas with your partnership, I will want to invest this fund in your country. We can invest the fund as a family investment together with you in your Country. I look forward to your reasonable response and in return, I will provide you with more details.
Thank you and God bless.
Mariana Tkachenko IBAHIBHA
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