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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: "Bangkok Bank Thailand" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2017 09:02:15 +0200
Subject: Dear Funds Owner

Dear Funds Beneficiary,
kindly get back to us now for the Transfer of your funds $7,500,000.00 Via Swift Electronic wire Transfer directly into your account in your Country as instructed by the Central Bank of Thailand.
We have been instructed to ensure you receive your Funds Payment transfer directly into your account within Five working Days.
Reply Fast for more details on your funds Swift Electronic Wire Transfer arrangement with the Bangkok Bank Thailand.
Yours faithfully.
Bangkok Bank.Head Office.
Address:333 Silom Rd, Silom, Bang Rak.
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand

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