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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: "Mrs. Monica Taylor" <>
Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2016 13:10:47 +0000
Subject: U.S Conference Invitation! Taking Place From March 20th-24th March 2017 USA

Dear Sir/Madam,

It is my pleasure to invite you to attend the 2017, Symposium meeting on Child & Women's Protection, Rapist and Abuse, Political Crisis & Corrupt Government, Domestic Violence, Economic growth and Global Safety. The 2017 Symposium Meeting will be taking place from March 20th - 24th March 2017 in Texas United States.

The sponsors of this event shall cover your round-trip air tickets from 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. The hotel accommodation booking cost will be your own responsibility. Please contact the conference registration for more information and registration is open and free for all interested delegate. Register now via e-mail:

We hope to hear from you soon.

Mrs. Monica Taylor
Event Coordinator

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