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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:

From: "Mrs. Margaret Donald" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2018 00:05:07 -0700
Subject: Re: Letter from Mrs. Margaret Donald From United State Of America

U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand.
Address: 120-122 Wireless Rd
Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan,
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330,
Bangkok, Thailand

Attention: Mr & Mrs,

I am Mrs. Margaret Donald, from United State Of America. I am contacting you With the reference to your entitlement fund and inline with the CHANGE OF BENEFICIARY'S APPLICATION, signed by Mrs. Glenda F. Ward with your purported authorization. This issue has been carefully examined and we have declined Mrs. Glenda F. Ward application as the application lacks regular signature. But Did you ever instruct Mrs Glenda F. Ward to claim your fund worth of US$38,000,000.00? Below is the bank account information provided by Mrs Glenda F. Ward saying that you authorized her to claim your fund that you are terminally ill.

2. BANK ADDRESS: Kerrville Texas 78028 USA
3. ACCOUNT #: 3202650
4. ROUTING #: 114922443

If you had not authorized the change of your bank account in respect to your outstanding entitlement Payment, therefore notify me immediately as the notification / declaration was supported with a sworn affidavit from Thailand high court ref: ilk /jj/202/k2017, dated 28th Jan 2017 and signed by Mrs. Glenda Ward who claim and stated in the sworn declaration that you authorized her to claim the said fund on your behalf to a different bank account in U.S.A as stated above because you were terminally ill and the Doctor who is in-charge of your case stated that you will not stay more than one Month before passing away. Listen and take advice. No charges or fee required, do you understand? If your still alive, active, kindly contact this department immediately and if there is any question you can send a letter to me as your representative.

Here is my direct contact Information:

You are advice to contact me here:
Name: Mrs. Margaret Donald
Tel: Tel:(66)02-647-6557

This development has caused lots of discrepancies in your payment file that is why Bank Of Thailand had to suspend your payment and prompted to contact you directly before re-validating your payment. You can be rest assured that I will do everything within my capacity to successfully actualize the quick transfer of your fund to any of your nominated bank account.

Kindly get back to me as soon as possible so that I will direct you on what to do.

Sincerely Yours
Mrs. Margaret Donald
1500 Pennsylvania Ave
NW, Washington, DC 20220,
United States America.

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