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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. Dorothy Mitchel," <>
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2016 17:38:45 -0700
Subject: International Conference Meeting Invitation

Dear Sir/Madam, On behalf of Economic Development and Human Rights Organiz=
ation, I am pleased to invite you to our conference that will be held from =
July 11th to 16th, 2016 @ the conference place in Dallas Texas USA.The conf=
erence meeting will contain various talks and mini workshops related to the=
issues of Challenges to Economic Development & Human Rights in our society=
. The topic of the conference is "The Effects of Terrorism on Global Econom=
y and Mass Migration" the sponsors of this event shall cover your round-tri=
p air tickets form your country to the USA and back to your country and we =
shall also provide visa assistance with the U.S Embassy in your country of =
residence and your ground transportation from the airport to the conference=
venue. The hotel accommodation booking cost will be your own responsibilit=
y. Please contact the conference secretariat for more information and regis=
tration for participation: []. We look forward to your=
confirmed presence at the conference. Respectfully Yours, Dr. Dorothy Mitc=
hel, Program Assistant.=20

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