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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "deborah wilson" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2010 10:50:32 +0200
Subject: CONFERENCE INVITATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am Miss. Deborah Wilson, a member of (WORLD VISION ORGANIZATION)
Washington D.C U.S.A. It's my pleasure to invite you to
participate in our global combined conferences taking place from 21st â
25th June 2010 at Washington D.C in the United States and in Dakar-
West Africa from 28th June -2nd July 2010.
In our request to invite people from various countries around the world,
in search of e-mails on the Google web site as a means of contacting
organizations. If you are interested to participate and want to
country or your organization, you may contact the conference secretariat
organizing committee for details and information.
Inform them that you were invited to participate by a friend of yours
(Miss. Deborah Wilson) who is a staff of the International
Committee, of the Red Cross and a
member of (WORLD VISION ORGANIZATION) I believe that we may
have the opportunity to meet if you may be willing to participate in
event. The benevolent donors from across the world and the Organizing
will provide 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 into the
you may inform the conference secretariat at the time of registration,
organizing committee is responsible for all visa arrangements and
Below is the contact address of the conference secretariat .By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
you can also contact me on my private e-mail: email@example.com
Miss. Deborah Wilson.