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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: "Peter Ktori" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <peterktori2k@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Nov 2012 02:29:51 +1000
Subject: Business Offer

Greetings Dear Friend ,
It is my sincere hope and expectations to establish a good business relationship with you. I am Mr. Peter Ktori, Head, Accounting Controller Manager of Alpha Private Bank London. I have a business proposal for you that will benefit to both of us, It's concerning a dormant account in my bank left behind by name withheld now for security reasons) reply my message if you are interested and call me +44 703 5968890 for more details...
Yours faithfully,
Mr. Peter Ktori...

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