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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: "JIMMY NG" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2016 17:18:10 +0800
Subject: Investment Opportunity

Good day!

I am Mr. Jimmy Ng, the Group Audit Officer, Development Bank of Singapore (DBS). I write to ask for your interest in a DEAL concerning one late Mr. Nusret Mahmood Syed fund which we just discovered as an unclaimed/abandoned fund in the escrow account of the bank since 1985.I do not know if you would like to cooperate with me in order to strike the deal amicably. If you are willing to cooperate with me and realize the fund we shall have a fair sharing ratio of 60% for me while /40% goes to you.

I will unveil details and how to go about it upon your feedback if interested.

Best regards,

Jimmy Ng.

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