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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: Nicholas James <>
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2022 10:08:42 +0100
Subject: Non-Ticket / Online E-mail Address Winning


Non-Ticket / Online E-mail Address Winning

On behalf of the Kingdom of Thailand Lottery Commission and Asia
Pacific Endowment Foundation/UK in conjunction with the VISA (ATM
-CARD), we wish to notify and congratulate you, that you're "Email
Address" was selected as one of the six lucky winners in this 2021
edition of Bangkok Lottery. Your Email Address won the Prize-Money in
category "B" which is the sum of Seven Million Six hundred thousand
British pound sterling (GBP£7,600,000).

For verification and release of your GBP£7,600,000 winning cash prize
which is already up-loaded into the VISA (ATM -CARD);

Kindly send the following information:- 1. Full Name, 2. Telephone
number, 3. Home Address (P.O Box Not Acceptable), 4. Age, 5.
Occupation and Country:

to the Lottery Online Agent Mr. Frank Mathis

on this

Once again Congratulations!

Publicity Secretary; Sincerely.
Yours in service,
Mr. Nicholas James
Online- Coordinator UK/ Asia lottery

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