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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:
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: John Mark <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2012 10:16:37 +0100
Subject: IT IS 2012 CONFERENCE AGAIN.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON
HUMAN TRAFFICKING/RACISM AND CHILD-ABUSE,
We hereby commemorate on your urge to participate in the next
conference holding on 21th to 24th April in Accra Ghana and 27th to
30th April 2012 in Texas USA.
The conference is meant for N.G.O's and other related organizations,
We are only accepting you toparticipate because you were recommended
by one of our colleagues.
You are hereby given the opportunity to register and participate in
this Youth events on HUMAN TRAFFICKING, RACISM AND TERRORISM IT'S
EFFECT'S scheduled to take place Accra Ghana as from the 21th to 24th
April, The last conference on WAR AGAINST CHILD-ABUSE and RELIGIOUS
CRISIS will take place on 27th to 30th April 2012 in Texas USA.
The aim of the forth coming Youths Conferences is to teach humanity on
the need to eradicate Human Traficking, Racism/Child Abuse. There are
need to Re-Educate and enlighten humanity so as to create a very
conducive atmosphere for living for all.
The Forth coming International Conferences is been Organized and
sponsored by the GLOBAL YOUTH WELFARE G.Y.W.O in United States Of
America. This conference is dedicated to all our beloved Brothers and
Sisters who fell under and are still under Slavery and human abuses.
Recommended participants are entitled to participate in this coming
Youths Conferences regardless of their Religion, Culture, Nationality,
Colour nor Belief as long as they satisfy the requirements of the
Organizing Committee. Only a minimum of one (1) and maximum of five
(5) persons are expected to participate together as a group or
organization and none of them will be less than eighteen years, they
must participate in both Conferences. It does not necessary mean
that you must belong to an organization before you can attend this
event. You can just apply alone or form a group of five (5)persons
from your country. They should be in position of their international
passports. You should read and follow up the instructions given to you
immediately. You are to forward the names and passport numbers of your
group to us as soon as possible as all participants visa request will
be forwarded to the USA/GHANA Bureau of Naturalization and Immigration
for Authorization. Only 1 to 5 members accepted to participate as a
group from one selected country. You should reach us
with the following information about your group.
(2) Passport numbers
(3) Name of your country of resident.
Our independent Donors and the Sponsors will take care of your entire
flight tickets, including your feeding and accommodation throughout
your stay in GHANA and USA. If you are interested to participate in
the forth-coming Youths conferences. We will open your participation
file as soon as we receive your application. You will receive the
conference Participation forms, the conference event manual and other
necessary documents. Please contact our Chief Co-Coordinators as soon
posible to get your file numbers "Miss Rita Anthony
"firstname.lastname@example.org" This person will be the one to put you
in line with the Hotels in Ghana where you will make your reservation
and other things as the case maybe. Your Hotel reservation
confirmation will only prove to us that you must attend all the
We would give you more directives as soon as your names reaches to us.
Please note that we are in position to authorize your visa, and we are
working with the directives from the GHANA/USA Bureau of
Naturalization and Immigration, the authority that is in charge of
authorization of group visas.
We cannot add or reduce any given requirements for the authorization
of participants visas participating in this events. Please note that
we cannot open group participation file with names forwarded without
the Passport numbers.
Prof John Mark