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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: "Choompolsil" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2012 02:43:52 +0700
Subject: Your fund is ready

Attention Respected funds owner,

This letter is from the Thana-Chart Bank of Bangkok Thailand. We have
discovered an outstanding / unclaimed sum of money that originally belongs to
you which is at the tune of Ten Million United State Dollars. ($ 10,000,000,00)
in your name and mandate has been given to Our Bank to ensure that this fund
gets to you without any delay if only you are serious and ready to receive your
long overdue funds.

Further to this, A special arrangement has been made just to ensure that your
funds is released to you without any waste of time so you are advised to quickly
get back to us with the below stated information so that we can commence with
the transfer of your funds.

Please, Kindly get back to us with this required details so that we can proceed
with your payment.

Information required from you are:

Your full Name:
Your Address :
Your Occupation:
Home / Cell Phone:
Scan Copy of your ID Card:


Mr. Thanapat Chooposil
Payment Department
Tel: +(66)8 43544864
Fax: (66)02273-9408

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