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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mrs. Alice Brigham" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Alice Brigham" <>
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011 22:41:00 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Global Seminar Event Invitation!!

Dear Sir/Madam

Warm greetings from Foundation for Peace Building Scotland England! We are organizing one week seminar event on "Health Security and Social Welfare"from 21st to 25th November, 2011, venue Happy Cringean Hotel. On behalf of the (FPB) it is my privilege to invite you and your colleagues to the one week international seminar event on Health Security and Social Welfare. The seminar will contain various talks and mini workshops related to the issues of health security and global peace in our society. It is our sincere hope that you will be able to attend this seminar as our special guest.

The sponsors will cover the cost of your round-trip airfare on a direct flight at the most economical fare available to the United States and back to your country. We will provide your visa arrangement, and your ground transportation from the airport to the conference venue. Hotel accommodation costs will be your own responsibility. Please RSVP by sending your completed details bellow and your passport scan copy at your very earliest convenience to the seminar secretariat, if you have any questions or concerns please contact the Seminar Secretariat by the below email.

1. Full Name:
2. Passport Number:
3. Date of Birth:
4. Place of Birth:
5. Country of Resident:
6. Occupation:
7. Personal Email Adders:

I am looking forward to your honorable presence.

Sincerely yours,

Thanks and Regards
Mrs. Alice Brigham
Program Coordinator

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