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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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- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Edward Dickson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 02:53:25 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: INVITATION TO WORLD YOUTH ORGANISATION FOR HUMAN WELFARE, CALIFORNIA (USA)
My name is Edwaed Dickson, working with (WORLD YOUTH ORGANIZATION FOR HUMAN WELFARE) California, U.S.A. We are organizing a global International combined conferences on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Child Abuse/Labor taking place in California in the United States and later in Africa (Senegal), 2011. In 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 interested delegats and Organizations. As a result, I picked your e-mail from website. If you are interested to participate and want to represent your country, you may contact the Secretariat of the Organizing Committee for details and information. You may inform them that you were invited to participate by a friend of yours (Edwaed Dickson), who is a member of the American Youths for Peace and a staff of (WORLD YOUTH ORGANIZATION FOR HUMAN WELFARE). I believe that we may have the opportunity to meet if you may be willing to
participate in this most esteemed event. You can also inform Youths Organizations & NGOs in your country about these International Conferences. The benevolent donors of the Organizing Committee will provide round trip air tickets, accommodation and feeding for the period of participants stay in the U.S, to all registered participants. If you are a holder of a passport that may require a visa to enter the United States of America, you may inform the Conference Secretariat at the time of registration, as the Organizing Committee is responsible for all visa arrangements and travel assistances.Below is the contact address of the Conference Secretariat:
World Youth Organization For Human Welfare Secretariat,
21St Avenue, Stockton 11958