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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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.
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:16:42 +0300
Subject: International Youth Violence Prevention.
We are inviting you to participate in the forthcoming international congress
meeting on How to help the Youth stop the violence in world,and Global
economic crisis eradication.The international congress meeting will commence
from 11th to 15th August 2014, here in United States of America and from 18th
to 22nd August 2014 in Africa. It is a great privilege for us to invite you to
This meeting will contain various discussions issue of political problems in
Africa. Including the same-sex marriage, HIV/aids issue and the children being
affected by war,issues of Violence in Africans and how we can build a platform
of knowledge at an international level to find solutions to Unemployment as it
affects our society and globally. For more informations regarding the
congress meeting, please contact the conference secretary via email that is
Head of secretariat (HRPB)
Note that The organization will have to process the Visa and flight tickets
for all the invited participants who require entry Visa to the United States
and Dakar Senegal.Participants will only book for their accommodation in one
of the chosen hotel in Dakar Senegal by the organization during the other
issues on How stop the Violence in Africans,
Once again we thank you for taking out your time in your busy scheduled to
attend this meeting with us.
National congress coordinator,
United States of America.
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