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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: "Linda George" <>
Date: Sat, 02 Jul 2016 07:27:07 +0000
Subject: U.S seminal invitation! from September 26th - 30th in Florida United States

Dear Sir/Madam,

On behalf of the human right organization. It is my pleasure to invite you and your colleagues to attend the 2016, annual education conference meeting on Child Rapist, Human Trafficking, Solution for Migrant Crisis , Economic Crisis and Global Security. The 2016 Annual Educational Conference Meeting will be taking place from September 26th - 30th 2016 in Florida United States.

The organizing committee is responsible for your visa assistance with the U.S embassy in your country and free economic air round trip tickets. Registration is open and free to all interested participants. Note that it is mandatory for all interested participants to contact the conference registrar office directly via email: { }

We hope to hear from you soon.

Dr. Linda George
Human Rights Activities

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