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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: " Mr. Supsinolarn Somchai" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 16:53:16 +0700
Subject: Mr. Supsinolarn Somchai

Dear Friend,

how are you today,
I am Mr. Supsinolarn Somchai, I'm contacting you on behalf of H.E. Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat,the former Thailand Minister of Tourism and Sports during Thaksin Shinawatra regim which was ousted by a military coup on the 19th of September 2006. I'm contacting you for an urgent business negotiation. I understand how you may feel reading an email from someone you have never met in person before, I knew it that there are many scammers sending out millions of proposal just to cheat on people, but am not one of them, I will provide you with all the legitimate documents you may need for confirmation as long as you will promise to keep this transaction confidential.

After the September 19th military coup a martial law was imposed by the council for democratic reform now known as the council of national security and all the cabinet of Thanksin regime were placed under surveillance and most of their assets being held by the present Thailand government as Investigation are still going on till date. My main point of contacting is to seek for your help as H.E. Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat has been making plans on how to move some amount of fund out of Thailand and entrust the fund to a trust worthy person for Investment outside Thailand. This is no scam or whatever, I'm contacting you because of the urgency that this project required as the fund was secured somewhere but presently we got information that certain investigation is going on, so we wouldn't want to waste time in moving the fund out from the country as soon as possible. I would like to give you more details on this when I get your reply.

Looking forward to your urgent reply for more details. ( )

Best Regards
Mr. Supsinolarn Somchai

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