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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.
- 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)
- for registration contact the secretariat: email@example.com please share the information with your colleagues. (Gmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "2015 USA GHRWO" <>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:14:15 +0000
Subject: 2015 USA Conference invitation
On behalf of (GHRWO) It is a great privilege for us to invite you to global human right world organization (GHRWO) against Economic Crisis, Child Abuse & HIV/AIDS Treatment, Sex Work and forced Labor, which will be held from January 27th -30th, 2015 at the Atlantic City Convention Center New jersey, United States of America. From February 02rd -05th, 2015 at Dakar-Senegal, West -Africa.
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.
For registration contact the secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please share the information with your colleagues.
Mrs Ethel Wilson
Member OF organizing committee
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