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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: USA International Conference <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2020 06:53:18 +0700
Subject: USA Conference Invitation
You have been selected and invited for this International Conference on
Human Genetics, Genetic Diseases, Virology & Vaccines. (HGGDVV 2020).
The congress will be held at the NW Conference Center Washington DC this
summer from 20th July to 30th July 2020.
The Conference is organized by the Department of Human and Molecular
Genetics,(DHMG),and Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology
(DMVAM), in collaboration with the American Society of General Internal
Note that registration for this conference is absolutely FREE and
delegates are entitle to a FREE United States Visa arrangements by the
Organizing Committee. That will include your transportation,
feeding,Round Trip Air tickets to both events etc..
Kindly view our website for further information as We expect your
immediate confirmation so we can brief you more about the conference
through my personal email: (email@example.com)
2020 International Conference on Human Genetics, Genetic Diseases,
Virology & Vaccines. (HGGDVV 2020).
HGGDVV 2020 / NW Conference Center, Washington, D.C USA .
This communication and any documents, or files, attached to it,
constitute an electronic communication within the scope of the
Electronic Communication Privacy Act.
This communication may contain non-public, confidential, or legally
privileged information intended for the sole use of the designated
The unlawful interception, use, or disclosure of such information is
strictly prohibited under any applicable laws. If you have received this
e-mail in error, please immediately notify us via reply email OR
permanently delete the original and any copy of any e-mail, file or
attachment and destroy any printout thereof.