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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: "carol brown" <>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2006 15:28:59 +0000
Subject: BELOVED!!!

I'm Carol Brown, born in England, lived in Amsterdam, Netherland.I
love making Friends from all around the world, most especially
Christians. I saw your ID in YAHOO MEMBER DIRECTORY.Am a Youth
director and also work for the U.N.H.C.R as Staff in the refugee
department, and also serve the World 0vision as director to Canada two
years ago. I Will like to meet you in person sothat we can up lift
The name of Christ Jesus and see why best we can Promote the Gospel in

There is a youth Conferences coming up soon both in Netherland and
Spain respectively.This conferences are Free, the Sponsors will be
responsible for your air ticket, both in the Netherland and Spain and
the Conference committee will also fax a letter to the Netherland
embassy with in country,so do not worry about Visa, these conferences
are sponsored annually by NICEF, United Nations Security Council and
First Ladies of Presidents of United Nations.

All you have to do is to WRITE AN APPLICATION LETTER to the conference
Office telling them that you want attends the youth Conferences that
will be taking place in both the Netherland and Spain.This is the
email to Apply : . MR DAVID SMITH is the Name
of the man handling the application just tell him that I recommended you
to him so that yourapplication can be given an attention.

Pease dont forget to include my name and email address when writing
your application. this is my email address:
I will love to see you there.I shall be away till next weekend ,i hope
to read your message when am back.

God bless you. Have a nice day.

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