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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: "DR. KITTI N. A. LLB," <>
Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2010 04:55:00 +0500 (PKT)

Bangkok Thailand 10240

My Regards to you and Family,

This is a personal email directed to you and I request that it be treated
as such. I must solicit your confidentiality and assure you that I am
contacting you in good faith and this proposal will be of mutual benefit
to both of us. I am Dr. Kitti Nava Anurak, a solicitor at law. I am the
personal attorney/sole executor to late Mr. Oliver Greene, hereinafter
referred to as 'my client' who worked as an an oil merchant/contractor
here in Thailand, On the 21st of April 2003, My client, his wife and their
three children died in a car crash in east Thailand.

My late client, had Assets here in Thailand and had left behind a deposit
of US$15 Million(Fifteen Million United States Dollars only) with a
finance company here in Bangkok Thailand. After the death of my client,
the finance company contacted me, as his attorney to provide his next of
kin who should inherit his fortune, this according to them is their policy
in sure circumstances.

Since the death of my client, I have written several letters to the
Embassy with an intent to locate any of his extended relatives whom shall
be claimants/beneficiaries of his abandoned personal estate and all such
efforts have been to no avail. I had to inform the finance company about
my fruitless effort in locating my late client close relative or his next
of kin. The board of directors of the company just adopted a resolution
and I was mandated to provide his next of kin for the payment of this
money within the next 10 official working days or forfeit the money as an
abandoned funds.

The company had planned to invoke the abandoned property decree of the
company to confiscate the funds after the expiration of the period given
to me, Also I have received official letters in the last two days
suggesting a likely proceeding for confiscation of his abandoned personal
assets in line with existing laws of the institution.

Well I have reasoned very professionally and I can use a legal means to
present a next of kin of my deceased client. This is legally possible and
would be done in accordance with the laws of the land. I do sincerely
sympathize the death of my client but I think it is unprofitable for his
funds to be submitted to the government of Thailand or some financial
institution, My aim is to retrieve this funds and let it be claimed by
the deceased family, etc. for this I seek your assistance since I have
been unable to locate the relatives for the past 6 years now.

I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased so
that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you and then both of us
can share the money, 50% to me and 50% to you. Can I trust you on this? I
shall assemble all the necessary documents that will be used to back up
your claim.

I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that
will protect you from any breach of law. I will not fail to bring to your
notice that this proposal is hitch-free and that you should not entertain
any fears as the required arrangements have been made for the completion
of this transfer.

Like I said, I require only a solemn confidentiality on this. Please get
in touch with me by my Email:{} for better
confidentiality and send to me your telephone and fax numbers to enable us
discuss further on this transaction. If this proposal is acceptable by
you, do not take undue advantage of the trust I have bestowed in
you,Thanks for your understanding.

Many thanks.
Yours Sincerely.
Attorney at Law

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