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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 08:51:40 +0100
Subject: I sincerely write to seek your co-operation and trust. Reply To:

From the desk of
Mr. Michael Pinathai
Senior Director,
1 Soi Rat Burana 27/1, Rat Burana Road, 
Khwaeng Rat Burana, 
Khet Rat Burana, 
Bangkok 10140, Thailand
Reply To: 
Dear Friend,
I sincerely write to seek your co-operation and trust to enable my colleagues and I carry out an urgent business opportunity in my department. I work with the Kasikorn Bank Thailand; currently I am the Senior Director of Accounts department at the foreign remittance department of my bank. I was the account officer to one Mr. FORREST STEPHEN DeMARTINO of Dayton, Sidney, Ohio United States of America. Who was involved in an {AIR CRASH} that occurred on Jan Wednesday 8th 2003 With an air craft {US Airways Express Flight 5481} which crashed Wednesday at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, killing all 21 aboard passengers. 
I got your contact through the help of my sister-in-law that works with the Chambers of Commerce and Tourism, due I did not disclose to her my humble intention for an honest foreigner like you, Having noted the confidence reposed on your person by the sponsor of the recommendation. He left in his domiciliary account the total sum of $25.5m, {Twenty Five million, Five hundred thousand United States Dollars}. Since the management got the information of his death we have been expecting any of his relation or his next of kin to come up and claim his money.
Below is his account information:
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 110112071202
Bank code : 004
Unfortunately, From the day of his death till the time of this letter none of his relation or friends has come up for the claim. The banking and financial law of Kasikorn Bank Thailand stipulates that if such fund remained unclaimed after a period of (13-15)Thirteen to Fifteen years years, it will be transferred into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill. On this discovery sir, I and two other senior staffs now decided to do business with you and release the money to you as the next of kin to Mr. FORREST STEPHEN DeMARTINO for safety and subsequent disbursement.
I will soon proceed for my retirement leave this year, and I personally do not want this fund to be transferred into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill. That is why I wanted the fund to be move out of the bank before I proceed on my retirement from the banking services soon. The need for a foreigner as next of kin in this project is occasioned by the fact that the customer Mr. FORREST STEPHEN DeMARTINO was a foreigner and a Thai cannot stand as his next of kin or heir.
We have agreed that 40% of the Fund would be for you as foreign partner; thereafter my colleague and I will visit your country for disbursement according to the percentages indicated. To enable the immediate transfer of the fund into your nominated account, you will first apply to the bank as the next of kin of the deceased, indicating your bank account number and location where in the money will be remitted. Upon receipt of your acknowledgement indicating your interest, I will send to you the text of the application that you will send to the Kasikorn Bank Thailand authority for an approval to submit your claims. 
Send your reply through my direct and Private: 
Indicate the following;
1. Your Full Names, Address, Direct cell phone and Fax numbers for effective communication that this transaction needs.
2. Age, Sex, Occupation and Post held at work.
Looking forward to urgently hearing from you.
Yours Faithfully,
Mr. Michael Pinathai

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