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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: "Feng Lex" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2020 07:05:42 -0000
Subject: Compliment!

Good day,

I am Mr. Feng Lex, the Group Audit Officer, Development Bank of Singapore (DBS). I write to ask your interest in a DEAL concerning one of our late customer who bear same last name with you, his funds has been discovered as unclaimed fund in the escrow account of our bank since 1986. If interested and willing to cooperate with me to transact the business successfully, we shall have a fair sharing of the total amount or possibly enter a joint venture with you in any good business in your country.

I shall unveil details and how to go about it upon your feedback if interested.

Best regards,

Feng Lex.

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