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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: "Jeremy Biggs" <>
Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2010 10:10:40 +0700
Subject: Reference!

Dear Partner,

This is an urgent issue which may get your attention to know, The Thai Criminal Court
has issued an arrest warrant for Thaksin Shinawatra on terrorism charges for allegedly
involving in the red protests in Bangkok that left 88 people dead and 2,000 injured. I
am writing to kindly urge you to cooperate with my client as he urgently need your
assistance in move/transferring part of his fund under your custody for safe keeping or
further investment.

View More Of The Story Here:

Prosecutors in Thailand have asked a court permanently to seize £1.2bn in frozen assets
belonging to the former prime minister and Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra.
The International Humanitarian Law specifically prohibits "measures of terrorism" and
"acts of terrorism".

He instructed me as his Britain counsels to carry out this investment/safe keeping plan
which involve $15Million USD under your custody from one of his offshore private
security account as a business partner to him before the Thai Government investigate
and if they notice it, it will be frozen.

Finally, be mindful that nobody here knows that I contacted you for this business deal.
To this effect you should please keep this letter confidential whether you are
interested or not because if any body here discovers that I gave out this information,
I will definitely lose my job.

For further details about this transaction between you and my client thereon, send
response to the information below.

Thanks for your co-operation on this matter!

Yours Sincerely,

Mr. Jeremy Biggs
Ince & Co. International Law Firm
1 St Katharine's Way, London
E1W 1AY United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 704 572 2102

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