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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. Anuwat Imsaengrat" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 13 Sep 2020 07:28:44 -0700

Dear Friend

I trust you are well and safe, my name is Mr. Anuwat Imsaengrat, and I work with LH Bank PCL here in Bangkok Thailand.

There is a very sensitive business deal I will like to discuss with you, but before I do so, it is important you respond to this short email notice so as to enable me to furnish you with the complete details of the business deal in question.

Your urgent response will be highly appreciated.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. Anuwat Imsaengrat

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