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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: "Igor Ivanovich" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 10:33:46 -0400
Subject: Swift Responce Needed

Greetings from Ukraine,
It’s an urgent need of a foreign partner that made me to contact you on this transaction.
Please contact me on ( for more information.

First Ukrainian International Bank

Dear Friend,

I'm a banker working with FUIB (First Ukraine International Bank) here in Ukraine. I write to contact you over a very important transaction which will be of our interests and benefits to our both families.

It is due to the present crisis going on within/without my country, (Ukraine). For this reason, I need a foreign partner to forward the sum of €27m (Twenty Seven Million Euros) from the bank vault to your bank account for safe keeping until the crisis is over. You will also have the opportunity to receive loan from the money which will be transferred to you with no interest. For this to commence, you will be registerred legally as a long time loyal customer with my bank. After this is done, the money can be transferred to you with documentations.

Some Directors here have been trying to find out about the money and to keep it to themselves using the crisis as excuse to embezzle the most part of the money, but I have kept it closed because, I know that if they become aware they will claim the funds for themselves. Therefore, am seeking your co-operation to present you as the one to benefit from this fund until the crisis is over. I have done enough inside bank arrangement and you only have to put in your details into the information network in the bank computers and reflect you as the bearer of the fund.

If you concur with this proposal, I intend for you to retain 50% of the funds while 50% shall be for me. Kindly forward your response to me.

Mr. Igor Ivanovich
First Ukrainian International bank Ukraine

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