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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: Piramal Foundation <>
Date: Sat, 9 Oct 2021 02:26:18 +0100
Subject: Donation Of $1,500.000.00 for you

This is to inform you that mr. ajay piramal an indian billionaire
industrialist, and the chairman of the piramal group have selected you
specifically as one of my beneficiaries for my charitable donation of
$1,500,000.00 usd as part of my palliatives for covid 19 and
humanitarian mission in your country just as i have declared on 20th
of may 2016 to give my fortune to charity. i believe my little
donation will enable you to extend helping hands to the less
privileged, motherless homes and to the poor people who live in the
isolated areas of your community.

Confirm if this message is sent to a valid e-mail account as your
email account was randomly selected to receive a cash donation of
$1,500,000.00 usd from the piramal philanthropies foundation. if this
is a valid e-mail account, contact us immediately for comprehensive

For more details google ajay piramal.


Narayanan iyer
Chief financial officer
Piramal foundation

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