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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: "Dr. Stephanie" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2016 22:56:10 -0800
Subject: Invitation to attend the Global Conference

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am glad to invite you to attend the 2016 Annual Human Welfare National Conference on Education on Global Aid for Women and Children, Political Crisis, Human Violence & Global Security. The 2016 Annual Conference Meeting will be taking place from March 21st – 25th 2016 in Texas United States.

The organizing committee is responsible for all visa arrangements to the United States, free air round trip tickets. Registration is open and free to all interested participants. The interested participants are to contact the Secretary Office directly via email:

We look forward to see you soon!
Warm Regards,
Dr. Stephanie tracy
Human Right Activist

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