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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 uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2012 17:08:31 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 2012 GHRIA USA SEMINAR INVITATION
It gives me a great pleasure to invite you to the forth-coming international seminar which The Global Human Rights and International Affairs is excited to be hosting in August 13th to 18th 2012 first Phase at Elm Croft Manor New York City USA, And from August 20th to 25th 2012, Second phase at Lagasca Madrid Spain.
The theme of the forth coming seminar is; Racism and Human Right.
Delegates who are interested in making a paper presentation are advice to make a summary presentation on the above subject.
Note: the (GHRIA) will be providing all delegates with to and fro Air ticket and also visa's guidance for the seminar purpose.
Registration is open now!
Contact the organizing secretary Mrs. Deborah C. Junior for more information. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Genevieve Bryan