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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: "Singapore Airline" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:57:35 +0200
Subject: Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines
Level 1, Arrival Hall
Passenger Terminal Building 2
Changi Airport
Singapore 819829

The 2016 Singapore Airlines Exclusive Special Bonus program selection has been performed at our Asia Pacific Regional Headquarters here in Changi Airport, Singapore. The 2016 Singapore Airlines Exclusive Special Bonus program is registered and organized in accordance with the Asian Gaming Board (A.G.B.) and the Asia Lottery Regulation Act (A.L.R.A.).

We are therefore pleased to officially notify you of the status of your Winnings, An official notification of Singapore Airlines Exclusive Special Bonus is hereby issued to you as your email ticket number; SGD-0651567 / SGD1, With Serial Number: SGA /01/2QZEK, and Ref No: SGA/019/20107 in batch A /6183 Randomly Drew for the Lucky Numbers 000-31-0584 which selected your email address as a winner of our Exclusive Special Bonus program selection. You have therefore consequently won the 2016 Singapore Airlines Exclusive Special program promo in its first batch.

As regards the above, we have officially approved a sum pay-out of $250,000.00 SGD only to you as our Exclusive Special Bonus winner of the Year 2016, The 2016 Singapore Airlines Program Organising Committee will immediately commence the immediate dispatch of your cheque of $250,000.00 SGD as soon as Possible. To file for claims, you are to reply back my providing your personal details below..

Full Name:
Contact Address:

Yours Sincerely,
Twee Min Wang
©2016 Singapore Airlines Program Organising Committee (P.O.C.)
On behalf of Singapore Airlines, Asia Pacific Regional.

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