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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: "ms.Kaitlyn Morgan" <>
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2010 20:16:48 -0700 (MST)
Subject: (GWHO) Global Summit On HIV/AIDS & Female Trafficking.

Dear Friend,

The Global Women's Health Organization (GWHO) is organizing a Global
Summit On HIV/AIDS & Female Trafficking. We invite you to take part in the
upcoming Global Summit , taking place from 22nd to 25th february 2011 in
Century Blvd, Washington, D.C USA and from 28th to 3rd march in Vicenza

The summit will deliver interactive workshop sessions that will enable
delegates to share best practice, exchange ideas, empower each other and
discuss the latest research findings.

If you are interested to participate and want to represent your country,
you may contact the secretariat of the organizing committee by email
( for more information.

You may get back to me with my email:

ms.Kaitlyn Morgan

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