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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: "Piyush Gupta" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2018 22:57:49 +0800

My name is Piyush Gupta, the Chief Executive Officer, Development Bank of Singapore (DBS). With my office position, I have the privilege to bring this information to you if would be interested. Following the clamour by the United Nation for repatriation of stolen funds which were starched in Europe, Asia and United States by some African Leaders, we have successfully confirmed USD450M in our bank. But we have a plan to declare USD400M then divert USD50M to your account if willing to cooperate with me. According to my plan and the reason why I contacted you for this business because I want you to help me invest the fund in any good business in your country or elsewhere in the world aside my country. You shall be entitled to 20% of the investment proceeds.
Further instructions, I anticipate your quick response.

Piyush Gupta.

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