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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: "Mr. Surat Vanchai" <admin@sunyat.com>
Reply-To: <suratvanis@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2017 17:50:29 +0700
Subject: Attention!!!

From The Desk of Mr. Surat Vanchai,
Branch Manager Siam Commercial Bank Pcl Bangkok Thailand,.
Good day Friend,
I am pleased to get across to you for a very urgent and profitable business proposal, I got your e-mail address in Internet while browsing after I decided to contact you and ask for your assistance in this urgent matter, requiring trust and confidentiality. I am Mr. Surat Vanchai Branch Manager Siam Commercial Bank Pcl Thailand, Married with three children.
I am writing this letter to ask for your support and co-operation to carry out this business opportunity in my department, On June 6, 1999, an America Oil consultant/contractor with Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Richard Burson, made a numbered time (fixed) deposit for twelve calendar months, Valued at US$12,000,000.00 Twelve Million United State Dollars in my branch upon maturity.
I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers, the Petroleum Corporation that Mr.Richard Burson, died in the plane crash On October 31, 1999, (an Egyptian Boeing 767 Flight 990) with other passengers on board as you can confirm it yourself via the WEBSITE below for verification (BBC WORLD NEWS. WEBSITE)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/502503.stm
My discovery was that all records bear no next of kin, meaning no member of Mr.Richard Burson family knows about the deposit therefore, no member of his family will ever come forward to claim the money, In order for the bank not to transfer the said sum of US$12,000,000.00 Twelve Million United State Dollars as unclaimed funds to the Kingdom of Thailand treasury account, the above stated funds most be claimed immediately by somebody standing in as late Mr. Richard Burson Next of Kin, because According to THAILAND law, at the expiration of (20) Twenty years the money will revert to the ownership of the Government if nobody applies to claim the fund, This revelation is only known to me because I was his personal account officer before I was posted to become the branch manager, now I seek your collaboration to act as next of kin to late Mr. Richard Burson to claim the funds and move them into useful investments.
We shall split the cash between our self upon the confirmation of the money into your account, I am ready to offer you 35% of the total fund and 60% for me while 5% will be set aside for any expenses might occur during the transaction. Please note that by the virtue of my position in the bank, I have worked out the perfect modality as well as I shall provide the relevant information's and documents for the successful claim and transfer of the funds in the account that will be provided by you. I cannot stand in the forefront of this transaction because I work with the bank, that is why I have come to you, for assistance be rest assured that this project involve no risk to you, upon the receipt of your acceptance mail me, I will like you to provide me with the following details to my private email, for safety i will not give out my direct telephone number here till i hear back from you in reply.
(1) Your Full Name:
(2) Current Resident Address:
(3) Your Occupation:
(4) Your Nationality:
(5) Your Valid Telephone Number:
Then I shall furnish you with due process of concluding this transaction without any delay. Please discard this message if you are not interested. One Passionate appeal I will make to you is not to discuss this matter with anybody, if you have any reasons to reject this offer, please and please destroy this message as any Leakage of this information will be too bad for me at my work place, as the Branch Manager.
Thanks for your kind Understanding.
Mr. Surat Vanchai
Branch Manager Siam Commercial Bank PCL Thailand)

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