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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: "DBS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 17 May 2017 22:36:11 +0800

I am Jimmy Ng, the Group Audit Officer, Development Bank of Singapore(DBS). I am contacting you in respect of a particular fund (US$45M) deposited in our bank by late Mr. Nusret Mahmood Syed. The fund has been abandoned since 1986. I am asking your interest for both of us to lay claim of the fund and invest it in a REAL ESTATE business or any other profit oriented venture. If you are willing to partner with me to execute the DEAL, I will furnish you more details on how to go about it successfully without any implication.
I look forward to hearing from you soonest.
Best regards,
Jimmy Ng.

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