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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Euleen Xiao" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2016 23:34:25 -0400
Subject: Development Bank of Singapore
I am Mr. Euleen Xiao working with the Development Bank of Singapore,I have a highly mutual and legitimate Bequest for you to Handle with me and this fund was highness and domiciled in our bank by a foreign investor who died in the Collapsed New World Hotel.
In pursuaint of the above plan, we choose you in this project specially because you bear the same last NAME with the said Investor. However, I can confirm with certainty that the said Investor died intestate and no next-of-kin to his estate; and no body came forward all these years. I am of the settled conviction that using my insider leverage and working with you, we can secure the funds in the account for ourselves instead of allowing it pass as unclaimed funds.
In this circumstance, I write to inquire your interest in this business investment which involves huge amount secured from our bank for the purpose of establishing a joint venture with you as Investment Manager on Real Estate and Tourist Centre in your country upon the successful conclusion of this transaction.
However, if you are willing and interested to share this benefits with me, you can contact me for more details so that we can immediately commence on the process.
Thanks for your anticipated co-operation and I urgently wait to hearing from you.
Mr. Euleen Xiao