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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: "ICBC BANK THAILAND" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 20 May 2013 13:35:33 +0700

Branch 11-13 Fl., Emporium Tower 622
Sukhumvit Road, Khlong Ton, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110


I am Dr. Joe Williams , the Managing Director of the Industrial and Commercial
Bank of China Bangkok Thailand Branch.
Few Months after the swearing in of our new Prime Minister, Ms. Yingluck
Shinawatra, held A meeting on the 29th Day of November 2012 at the capital City
of Thailand (Bangkok). The Purpose of the meeting was to address the spoiled
image of our country, the United Nation was so concern about foreigners
complaining about their contract /inheritance payment and also some Scam
Victims, The government of Royal kingdom of Thailand has sign a Draft of the sum
of US$300,000.000. 00 Three Hundred Million United States Dollars only to the
Central Bank of Thailand to pay 100 victims the sum of US$3,000.000.00.Three
Million United States Dollars each.

Secondly, on the meeting held with all banks including the CBT Governor. On the
25th Day of April 2013, your name was listed and approved for this payment as
one of the victims and our bank ICBC was among the listed bank to pay the Ten of
you the sum of US$3,000.000.00.Three Million United States each.

The Central Bank has issued us the cheque sum of US$300,000.000.00 Three Hundred
Million United States Dollars. We have resolved in finding a solution to your
problem, and as you may know, we have arranged your payment of
US$3,000.000.00.Three Million United States Dollars) through our ATM CARD
(AUTOMATIC TELLER MACHINE) which shall be deliver to your door step, this is the
instruction given by our New Prime Minister (Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra) Royal
Kingdom of Thailand. These include cash and frozen assess to compensate those
who have been attempted or victims of fraud by some imposters/fraudsters in our
Country Thailand.

This Bank will send you an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw your money in
an ATM MACHINE in any part of the world. But the maximum is ($15,000) Fifteen
Thousand Us Dollars in three transactions per day. However, every other thing
has been put in place for safe delivery of the ATM CARD to your Door step.You
are hereby advised to stop fast your dealing with any one regards to the issue
of inheritance payment, Lottery Payment,Contract Payment/investment of any sort
and even some Non-officials in the bank as this is an illegal act now and will
have to stop if you wish to receive your payment compensation immediately Via
ATM card payment you are advice to get back to this office with the following
information's below so that we can get back to you quickly through my direct
email address with full details on how to receive
your card.

(1) Your Full Name:
(2) Address where you want the payment center to send your ATM CARD:
(3) Phone and Fax Number:
(5)sex/ Age
(6)Initial payment amount

We shall be expecting to receive your information's as you are advised
to stop any further communication with anybody or office.

Lastly, in receipt of your email and the required information's above, I shall
forward your file to our International Remittance Department for immediate
processing and dispatch of your ATM Card to your
nominated address without any further delay.

Best Regards,

Dr. Joe Williams ,
Managing Director,
ICBC Bank Bangkok Thailand.

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