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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: PTTEP<>
Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2017 14:08:04 +0100
Subject: INTENT.


I understand that you seek a business funding for a proposed business investment venture plan that you have. Can you send me a more detailed information on the venture plan, like a business executive summary for my review.

Please kindly send a more comprehensive detail and your project plan so I can go through it for better understanding. I am interested in the business opportunity. Let me have the details, and possibly your direct contacts and I will get back to you for further discussions.

I expect to hear back from you soon.


Investor Name; Mr. Ampon Kittiampon
Investor Company; PTT Exploration and Productions PCL.

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