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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. Olena Andreikiv" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2023 15:03:56 -0700
Subject: Hi

My name is Mrs. Olena Andreikiv,

I am an Ukranian citizen and I work with Oschad Bank, as a banker, I am the central Vault Recorder, I am responsible for the administration and daily operation of the Bank's central vault in a safe record keeping and secure manner in accordance with the Bank's objectives, policies, procedures and processes.

These are my primary duty and responsibility with the Oschad Bank, before the unfortunate war broke out with the maximum aggression and attack of the Russian President Mr. Vladimir Putin, and my Branch bank has been hit with multiples rockets to no recognition and so many people died and Russian Armies have taking over the premises, I was able to escape and I have been sleeping between borders till I made my way to a neighbouring European Country.

Towards the beginning of the war I was able to channel with the sum of €79.5MILLION EURO (Seventy Nine Million, Five Hundred Thousand Euro) through a diplomatic channel successfully which now is in safety with the finance and security services arm of reputable bank and presently I want a partner, who will integrate the above sum into investment and the banking system.

I am unable to make a claim to this fund being a member of the bank where the fund originates.

I need your help within the shortest possible period of time, I will join you when I have resettled while our sharing mode will be 50% equal split.

Reply to my private e-mail:


Mrs. Olena Andreikiv.

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