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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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Fraud email example:

From: suriya jungrungreangkit <>
Reply-To: Suriya Jungrungreangkit <>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2010 13:18:13 +0530 (IST)
Subject: Business Proposal



I am Suriya Jungrungreangkit, former Thailand transport minister during Thaksin Shinawatra regime which was outsted by a military coup on Sept 19 2006,and Martial law was imposed by the Council for Democratic Reform, now called the Council for National Security. After the Sept 19 coup, i would have called you on phone , but because the new government is taping the past government officials phone numbers, so it is no longer safe for me to call you, that is why i think it is safe to send you this mail. we are placed under surveillance.

However my main point of contacting you is to seek your sincere suggestion and guideline to invest in your country. And please because of my previous position in the government, i do not need to tell you of the absolute confidentiality which we both must have to observe, if we are to go into investment, or rather if you are to help me in investing in your country..

I desired to contact you now that I am very sure that all eyes are not on us as it was when the problem first began though we are still going to court but the environment is good now to handle the transaction very safely.

From the news publications attached here in respect of the government probes into much of the projects my ministry executed will make you to understand my position with the government now.

I thank you very much for taking time to go through my mail, and hope to read from your reply soon, .Thanks for your anticipated co-operation and my
regards to your family.

Good luck,and feel free to contact me on my email, until arrangements are made.

yours sincerely,

Minister, Suriya Jungrungreangkit.

Report: Of ousted cabinet's assets of B24bn, land accounts for 40% SURASAK GLAHAN Land owned by former cabinet members in the ousted Thaksin government accounts for almost 40% of their total assets worth 24 billion baht, according to a report released yesterday by the National Counter Corruption Commission (NCCC). The cabinet members, including ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, are required by law to report assets owned by them, their spouses and children who are still minors upon their departure from government after the Sept 19 coup.
The report said the former cabinet members, spouses and children together owned land worth slightly more than nine billion baht.
Among property declared is a piece purchased from the Bank of Thailand's Financial Institutions Development Fund by Khunying Potjaman, Mr Thaksin's wife, that is being investigated by the assets scrutiny committee.
While Mr Thaksin declared three pieces of property worth 1.1 million baht, Khunying Potjaman reported 122 plots, bought for 1.9 billion baht and with a current value of almost two billion baht.
In 2001, she declared possession of only 108 plots worth 388 million baht.
The wealthiest landowners are former foreign affairs minister Kantathi Suphamongkhon and his wife, who declared property worth 2.9 billion baht.
Another big landowner is Newin Chidchob, former minister attached to the Prime Minister's Office, and his wife. They own land plots worth 804 million baht.
Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, former agriculture and cooperatives minister, owns land worth 783 million baht.
The report also shows Mr Thaksin had total assets worth 557 million baht on Sept 19, while his wife's wealth amounted to 8.7 billion baht.
The couple's figures were not very different to their declaration in 2001 before Mr Thaksin took the post of education minister. That year, his total assets were 509 million baht and Khunying Potjaman's were 9.8 billion baht.
Khunying Potjaman also declared in the latest report that a 2.5-billion-baht loan she gave her son Panthongthae in 2002 had been paid

Investigator seeks evidence of corruption by Thaksin govt Witnesses offered legal immunity

A graft investigator has urged people who have knowledge of corruption scandals involving the deposed Thaksin Shinawatra regime to come forward and testify in exchange for immunity from criminal prosecution. None of the probes into scandals involving the Thaksin administration are close to conclusion as yet. Tortrakul Yommanak, who sits on a sub-committee probing the purchase of the CTX bomb scanners for Suvarnabhumi airport, said the assets scrutiny committee had accepted the idea of turning some wrongdoers into state witnesses. "Those who want to avoid charges should come and see the committee members. All the committee wants to do is implicate the key suspects," he said. The committee, chaired by Nam Yimyaem, has set a new probe to verify and examine witnesses in the CTX scam. Without the verification of witnesses and evidence, the case would probably be thrown out when it reaches court. The investigative report prepared by the State Audit Commission is largely based on a no-confidence debate and evidence presented by a Senate committee on graft. Amnuay Thantara, another member of the sub-committee, said witnesses will be summoned to testify next week. He said the panel had adhered to transparency and fairness in carrying out its job, to ensure that the charges will not be dropped by the court. Uthai Sonlaksap, a member of a sub-committee looking into the Agriculture Ministry's rubber saplings procurement, said there has been much progress in the investigation. He said the panel would be looking into the drafting of the terms of reference next week, which would hopefully identify the people and the irregularities involved. Viroj Laohapan, a member of a sub-committee looking into the Temasek-Shin Corp deal, said the committee's focus on the scandal is possible tax evasion. He urged the public to be patient, saying it is not so easy to uncover irregularities and that they still have months left to work on the matter. "Please be patient. If it was that simple, they would not have set up the assets scrutiny committee to work on it," he said. Besides the 26 CTX bomb scanners, the rubber saplings procurement and the Temasek-Shin Corp deal, the Nam committee is also investigating the 772-million-baht land deal involving Potjaman Shinawatra, Mr Thaksin's wife. Land pricing and bidding conditions may have been manipulated to help Khunying Potjaman win the deal from the Financial Institutions Development Fund. Mr Nam said the committee would look into "every action" involving the land transaction. However, he said the committee's task was only to provide evidence to support the allegations, while the final say would rest with the court.
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