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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: Fri, 3 Jun 2016 20:40:50 +0100
Subject: Sister Pangu Jonese Craig(Widow).

Dear: 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=92s 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 t=
o my late husband doctor. Before the death of my husband, he told me he dep=
osited some money with the CIMB SWISS Bank PCL Bangkok Thailand Branch, the=
sum of Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars (Usd$7.5M). After discl=
osing this secret to me, he gave me Certificate of Deposit he used in Depos=
iting the funds in CIMB SWISS Bank PCL Bangkok Thailand, he never wanted to=
tell me about it until the moment that he was about to die, he told me tha=
t 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 o=
r property since we are not legally married. He told me that Thailand Gover=
nment will not allow me to make this claim since i am not legally married t=
o 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, =
I made up my mind to travel abroad, leave the rest of my life and continue =
as a missionary. Presently, Certificate of Deposit concerning the Fund is w=
ith me, now that my sickness has gone this stage, I am scared and I want th=
e funds to be used for investment between you and me, i have prayed and tol=
d God to direct me to an honest person who will receive this funds and util=
ise it together with me and for things that will glorify the name of God, a=
fter my prayers, I decided to contacted you alone my beloved one. Please I =
will appreciate you send the following information to enable my late Husban=
d Lawyer commence the claim, the procuring of the necessary document that w=
ill back you up as my late husband business partner and next of kin for imm=
ediate arrangement with CIMB SWISS Thai PCL Bangkok Thailand Branch 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 n=
umbers for prompt communication. I await to here your urgent reply. Thanks =
and God bless you. Sister Pangu Jonese Craig(Widow).

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