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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: "Nancy Dominic" <>
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2018 10:13:11 +0000
Subject: Conference INVITATION, Novbember 20th-26th 2018

Dear Sir/Madam,

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to our conference with the theme “Child abuse, Human trafficking, women molestation and Global Terrorism: A challenge to economic growth” this conference is being organized by the human rights program and will take place from November 20th-26th 2018 @ the {Atlanta Convention Center

The conference meeting will contain various talks and mini workshops related to the issues of Challenges to Human Rights & Economic Development as a result of Human Trafficking, Women Molestation and Immigration Policies in our society. The sponsors of this event shall cover your round-trip flight 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 secretariat for more information and registration for participation:

We look forward to your confirmed presence at the conference.

Dr. Nancy Dominic

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