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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: "Mrs. Suchart Chaovisit Suwannee" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2011 17:03:30 +0700

Compliment of the season.

I am Mrs. Suchart Chaovisit Suwannee, wife of the Former Thailand deputy prime minister and finance Minister Suchart Chaovisith who died of cancer.

In view of the death of my husband as you can read from the Bangkok post news website confirming his death to the public, and Thailand Government.

I am very worried over the political crisis and i cannot endure the ongoing catastrophe here after the death of my husband.

I have decided to contact you, to help me to move some funds to your country over there.

As my family hope to relocate to your country and go into investment with you in your country.

Please contact me on my private email addresses: ( )

My Regards to you and your family as I await to hear from you.

Yours Faithfully,

Mrs. Suchart Chaovisit Suwannee

Bangkok, Thailand.

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