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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: (sent from abused email account)
Reply-To: "Ms. Ella Golan" <>
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:53:00 -0500 (CST)
Subject: Proposal

I am Ms.Ella Golan, the Executive Vice President Banking Division with FIRST INTERNATIONAL BANK OF ISRAEL LTD (FIBI). I'm getting in touch with you regarding an extremely, important and urgent matter. If you would oblige me the opportunity, I shall provide you with details upon your response.

Ms.Ella Golan
X Simposio Internacional sobre Manejo Sostenible de los Recursos Forestales (SIMFOR 2018), del 23 al 26 de mayo de 2018
II Taller Internacional de Derecho Cooperativo (COODER 2018), del 7 al 9 de noviembre de 2018
Universidad de Pinar del Rio. Cuba

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