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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: "WCO2012" <>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 20:28:35 -0200

Please Note: For more information contact the Organizing Committee via email. or

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On  behalf of the Organizing Committee, it is my pleasure to invite you to the  International Conference Symposium on HIV Vaccines & HIV Treatment  Child Health & Malaria Prevention, held from Monday 27 February to Thursday 1st march  2012 at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City and 5th to  8th march 2012 at Firenze Conference Center Vicenza Italy.

The main  objective of the International Symposium on HIV Vaccines & HIV  Treatment is to provide health care workers and members of the HIV-infected and affected  community from all over the world with a comprehensive review of the management of HIV infection and opportunistic infections, efforts to  improve access to therapy as well as the latest updates on research into  HIV treatments and vaccines.

The symposium also aims to stimulate debate through a series of panel discussions on issues such as access to care and the cost of ARV in developing programs services
Resources Healthcare programs for cancer patients and loved ones

An  expert faculty of speakers from Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa and USA presents a comprehensive review of current HIV management. World  class international and local speakers present plenary sessions and facilitate interactive workshops Invitation from our organization to  interested delegate for endorsement participation.

For more information please contact the ISHVHT Secretariat via E-mail:

Please mark these dates in your diary and share the information with your colleagues.
Ms. Evita Dagoberto

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