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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: Sister Pangu Jonese Craig <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:31:38 +0100
Subject: From Sister Pangu Jonese Craig(Widow).

>From Sister Pangu Jonese Craig(Widow).

I am Sister Pangu Jones(Widow), I am 28years old, my late husband is the formal Chief financial officer of New Zealand Oil & Gas Company Ltd 2006, we lived together in Bangkok Thailand(Asia), he was killed during the attack that took place in Bangkok Thailand between the RED SHIRT and BLACK SHIRT riot in 2009.

Dear it took me time to summon courage before emailing you from Bangkok Thailand(Asia), am suffering from long time cancer, my condition is serious and according to my late husband doctor. Before the death of my husband, he deposited Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars (USd$7.5M) with CIMBTHAI BANK

After disclosing this secret to me, he gave me Certificate of Deposit he used in Depositing the funds with CIMBTHAI BANK THAILAND now CIMBSWISS BANK PCL THAILAND, he never wanted to tell me about it until the moment that he was about to die, he told me that his reason for telling me about this funds secretly
is because after his death, he knows his family will not allow me to inherit any of his wealth or property since we are not legally married. He told me that Thailand Government will not allow me to make this claim since i am not legally married to him, my late husband told me that i can only get the fund claimed through the help of a foreigner like you that will stand as his business partner.

Presently, Certificate of Deposit concerning the Fund is with me, now that my sickness has gone this stage, I am scared and I want the funds to be used for investment between you and me, i have prayed and told God to direct me to an honest person who will receive this funds and utilise it together with me and for things that will glorify the name of God, after my prayers, I decided to contact you alone my beloved one.

Please I will appreciate you send the following information to enable my late Husband Lawyer commence the claim, the procuring of the necessary document that will back you up the claim and next of kin for immediate arrangement with CIMBSWISS BANK PCL THAILAND on how the Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars (Usd$7.5M) will be claimed by you.

1. your full name.
2. Your contact address.
3. Your telephone/fax numbers for prompt communication.
I await to here your urgent reply.
Thanks and God bless you.
Sister Pangu Jonese Craig(Widow).

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