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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: "Mr. Piyush Gupta" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 9 Feb 2017 17:49:52 -0600

Dear Friend,

Good Day, I am Mr. Piyush Gupta as a (DBSHK) banker, I have funds worth of $27.500,000.00 to secretly secure and transfer in to your account of my late client who dead with next of kin, which i will like to invest in profitable properties and other businesses in your country.

Please if you are interested to help me promise you will not betrayed me, let me know by writing me for more details. Here is my Email:

Mr. Piyush Gupta.
Hong Kong.

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