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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: "Dr.Cathy" <>
Date: Wed, 06 Apr 2016 01:40:58 +0000
Subject: 2016 Conference/Invitation

Dear Friend and Colleague,

On behalf of (N.J.H.R.F) New Jersey Human Rights Foundation, U.S.A. It is my pleasure to invite you to the International global combined event on Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Work, Child Protection, taking place from June 14th - 17th 2016 in New jersey the United States and in Dakar-Senegal, from June 20th - 23rd 2016. we are inviting people from various countries around the world.For more information please contact the secretary via

Mrs.Angela David

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