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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: "Bill Gate and Berkshire Hathaway INC Foundation" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2018 07:39:47 -0700


I feel honored to contact you , I am Mr Warren Edward Buffett.President,Chairman & CEO Berkshire Hathaway Foundation would you love being a full member of the foundation which i and Mr Bill Gate Founder of Microsoft with name Bill Gate and Berkshire Hathaway Inc Foundation and stand the chance of being a representative who will be giving records of all what will be going on in the new foundation that we will open in your country with $20.5millionusd?

If yes kindly contact my foundation personal Assistant Mr Robert coryrel so that he will send you a membership form to fill that way we will proceed with the release of the grant to you for the project. Visit the sit and fill up your details. his email is
Our FACEBOOK PAGE: Bill Gate and Berkshire Hathaway INC Foundation

3555 Kiewit Plaza. Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Warren Buffett Chairman, President & CEO.
Charlie Munger Vice Chairman.

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