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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: "Regina Jacquelinei" <>
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 03:50:58 +0000
Subject: greetings,2016 Conference

Dear Sir/Madam,

It is my pleasure to invite you to the H.R.W.F Human Rights Welfare Foundation, Against Economic Crisis, Child Protection Prostitution, Sex Worker & forced Labor, The International Conference which is Taking place from 22nd - 27th of August 2016 at the Atlanta Georgia Convention Center United States of America) we are inviting people from various countries around the world. The organizing committee is responsible for all visa arrangements to the United States, free economic air round trip tickets. Registration is open and free to all interested participants. Hotel accommodation booking costs will be your own responsibility. The interested participants are to contact the Secretary Office directly Mr. Greggs Hilton via

Please mark these dates in your diary and share the information with your colleagues.

Mrs.Regina Jacqueline
Contact me on my

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