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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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Fraud email example:

From: ICM/US/DK <>
Reply-To: FHC Information Office <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:34:11 +0100 (WAT)
Subject: Conference Meeting Invitation

Dear Sir/Madam,

You are invited to attend the up coming International Conference-meeting on Global Economic Crisis & Public Health Care. The events will begin from August 20th – 23rd, 2014 Texas City, U.S.A and August 25th – 30th, 2014 in Republic of Senegal.

The aims of the conference is to bring together researchers and practitioners in an effort to lay a ground work for future collaborative research, advocacy, and program development as well as to educate social service, health care and global financial sectors.

Registration is open to all interested participants; the interested participants are to contact the conference secretariat via Email below for more information and registration. (

If you are a holder of an international passport that require visa to enter the United States and Dakar Senegal, you are to inform the event secretary when sending your detail for registration, as the organizers of the event is fully responsible for all visa arrangements and travel assistance.

I look forward to your honorable presence,.

Thanks and Regards
Joanne Landry

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