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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: "Mrs.Jennifer Ledon " <>
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:31:53 +0700 (WIT)

Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to invite you On behalf of Virginia Human Rights Foundation V.H.R.F USA, It is a great privilege for us to invite you to global Congress meeting Against Economic Crisis, Prostitution, Human Trafficking and child abuse.The global Congress meeting Against Economic Crisis, Prostitution, Human Trafficking and child abuse, is scheduled to take place from July 23rd – 25th, 2014 in Virginia the United States and in Dakar-Senegal, from July 28th-31th. The global congress is hosted by the Campaign against Child Labor Coalition and sponsored by (The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The William J. Clinton Foundation and other benevolent donors worldwide.

Note that all interested delegates that requires entry visa to enter the United States to attend this meeting will be assisted by the organization, in obtaining the visa in their passport. Free air round trip tickets to attend this meeting will be provided to all participants. The Workshop welcomes paper presentation from any interested participants willing to present papers during the meeting.

For more information you are to contact (Mrs:secrety.charitybaliyan)the conference secretariat via Email:[]

Please share the information with your colleagues.

Mrs.Jennifer Ledon
(Ph.D) Activities Coordinator

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