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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: "Piyush Gupta" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 15 Sep 2019 00:38:02 +0800
Subject: BUSINESS INTEREST
My name is Piyush Gupta, the Chief Executive Officer, Development Bank of Singapore (DBS).Following African Countries quest to recover looted fund starched in Europe, Asia, United States and Canada by their leaders, our bank, DBS, confirmed USD450M of the loots funds in our bank. We have declared USD400M to the appropriate Agency of the Singapore Government but left with balance of USD50M. I have decided to use my executive position to divert the balance USD50M. Due to my sensitive office position and high volume of the fund, I need a person who has a strong financial base to front as my partner. If you are a person with such financial status and willing to be my partner, you will be entitled to 35%,5% for contingency and 60& for me.
I anticipate your quick response for details if interested.
Note: If you are not financially conpetent enough for this transaction please disregard this message needless to waste anybody.s time.