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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "very confidential" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Sunisa Thepsuwanthe" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2018 13:05:52 -0700
Subject: Re: Can I trust you ?
Good day to you,
My name is Sunisa Thepsuwanthe wife of Alexandre Cazes owner and founder of Alpha Bay darknet, My husband was arrested and later died in Bangkok jail after the shutdown of online market. And currently some of his asset has been seized by Thai government which includes $21 million, right now the government are after me because some of his assets are registered in my name.
Right now I'm doing everything I could to make sure I have something left, My English is not very good and I want you treat this email very confidential.
Currently I have $5 Million deposited with an international bank and I want you to contact the bank and make sure you help facility the transfer, I know this sounds too good to be true and you might be thinking why I contacted you, I want you to be rest assured that you are safe and I would rather let stranger get this money than the corrupt Thai government.
$5 Million and also 10 Thai gold bar, 96.5% pure gold, with other Thai jewelries, everything worth $1Million, if you agree to help me, i'm ready to give you 40% of the total money.
And I'm also in search of new live outside of Thailand if we can get this done and along with the government issues here.
Kindly get back to me as soon as you can, if you would like to help me, Right now I'm under Thai government surveillance, I can only send and check email once or twice a week, and this email is been sent to you via a very secured server so be rest assured.
Kindly disregard this email if you think you've received this email in error.