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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: Chanthawan Sathitsemakul <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 4 Jun 2019 09:59:25 +0200
Subject: =?utf-8?Q?Spam?=
Reply as soon as possible

Hello Dear,
I was pushed to contact you and see how best we can assist each other.I believe it is the wish of God for me to come across you now. I am having an important business
discussion I wish to share with you which I believe will interest you, because it is in connection with your Kinsman and you are going to benefit from it.A citizen of
your Country William Burke, had a fixed deposit with my Bank(KASIKORN BANK THAILAND) In February 2007 for 10years ,valued at US$15,500,000.00(Fifteen Million Five
Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) the due date for this deposit was last year.I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply,I sent a
reminder, numerous phone calls without response and finally discovered from his contract employers,EGCO GROUP THAILAND that Sadly Mr.William Burke was among
the death victims in flight that crashed on the Thai Island of Phuket , September 17, 2007 .
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My bank management is yet to know about his death, I knew about it because I was his account officer.Late Mr. William did not mention any Next of Kin/ Heir when the
account was opened, and he was not married and no children. Last week my Bank Management requested that I should give instructions on what to do about his funds, if to
renew the contract.
I know this will happen and that is why I have been looking for a means to handle the situation, because if my Bank Directors happens to know that William Burke is
dead and do not have any Heir, they will take the funds for their personal use, so I don't want such to happen.That was why when I read your profile I was happy and I
am now seeking your co-operation to present you as Next of Kin/ Heir to the account,since you are his kinsman and my bank head quarters will release the account to
you. There is no risk involved; the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law.
It is better that we claim the money, than allowing the Bank Directors to take it, they are rich already. I am not a greedy person, so I am suggesting we share the
funds equal, 50/50% to both parties, my share will assist me to start my own company and use the proceed for charity which has been my dream.
Let me know your mind on my proposal. Please,treat this information so confidential. Have a nice day and God bless You.
Anticipating your urgent response
Best Regards
Chanthawan Sathitsemakul

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