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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: akim peters <akipete5@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: <alam_esia@yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2007 02:35:55 +0000
Subject: DID YOU RECEIVE MY MAIL?


Audit Department,Citibank, London


Sir,

I am Mr. Akim Peters an auditor with Citibank, London.I have a confidential business proposition for you which will benefit us.On May 2004, an Iraqi Foreign Oil consultant/contractor with the BRITISH PETROLUEM CORPORATION Mr. Dara Baraz. made a numbered time(Fixed deposit) for 24 calendar months, valued at US$16,000,000.00(Sixteen Million dollars only) in this bank.Upon maturity two years ago,I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply.

My investigation, showed that Mr. Dara Baraz died in Iraq withoutregistering a beneficiary to his assets, and all attempt to trace hisnext of kin is fruitless. This sum of US$16,000,000.00 (SixteenMillion Dollars) has been floating as unclaimed since two years andcan be claimed by whoever applies for it as Mr. Baraz's next of kinprovided the person registers the right informations needed by thebank. As an insider in the bank I can provide you with the informations required for us to claim the fund if you can provide aforeign bank account for lodging the money.

If you are willing to assist me, write me immediately. All documentsto enable you secure this fund will be provided by me. Sharing will be based on agreement between you and I.


Akim Peters
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