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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: Thu, 17 Oct 2019 16:03:23 +0800
Subject: BUSINESS INTERESST
My name is Piyush Gupta, the Chief Executive Officer, Development Bank of Singapore (DBS).Following the United Nations Forum on African Countries Quest to recover looted fund starched in Europe, Asia, United States and Canada by their leaders, our bank, DBS, confirmed USD450M in our bank. We declared USD400M to the appropriate Agency of the Singapore Government.
With the executive power vested on me, I have decided to divert the balance USD50M to a foreign bank account. Due to my position in the bank and nature of the DEAL, I can't handle it alone so decided to seek for a partner that can be trusted. Although, I don't know you before, in my search to find a suitable personality for this deal, I came across your contact and decided to seek your consent whether you are interested and have the required capacity to handle this type of Deal. If you have the right qualities and willing to support morally and financially in the course of facilitating the transaction, you will be entitled to 35% at its successful conclusion.
Note: With utmost humility, if you do not have good financial base for the transaction please disregard this message needless to waste anybody's time.
I anticipate your quick response.