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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: wyohw-alhw <>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 19:14:09 +0200
Subject: Conference Invitation

Dear Friend,

My name is Trinace Queen female, working with YOUTH WELFARE LEAGUE OF
AMERICA (YWLA) California, U.S.A. We are organizing global combined
conferences taking place from MAY 14th - 16th 2010 at California in the
United States and in Dakar-Senegal, from MAY 21st - 23rd 2010.Is our
request to invite people from various countries around the world.

I went in search of e-mails on the web site as a means of contacting
adults/youths and organizations .As a result, I picked your e-mail from an
N.G.O`s website. If you are interested to participate and want to represent
your country or organization, you may contact the secretariat of the
organizing committee for details and information’s.You should also inform
them that you were invited to participate by a friend of yours (Trinace
Queen), who is a member of the American Youths 4 Peace and a staff of with
YOUTH WELFARE LEAGUE OF AMERICA (YWLA).I believe that we may have the
opportunity to meet if you may be willing to participate in this event.

You can also inform youths, adults & NGOs in your country about these
conferences. The benevolent donors of the Organizing Committee will provide
Visas round
trip air tickets and accommodation for the period of participants Stay in
the U.S., to all registered participants.

If you are a holder of passport that may require visa to enter the United
States you may inform the conference secretariat at the time of
registration, as the organizing committee is responsible for all visa
arrangements and travel assistance. Below is the contact address of the
conference secretariat:

By email: or


Trinace Queen
Staff Member and Youth Leader

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