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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: Mr.Warren Edward Buffett<>
Date: 04 Feb 2019 21:00:57 +0400
Subject: You have been gifted $1.5 MILLION USD in 2019 Donation Funds

You have been gifted $1.5 MILLION USD in 2019 Donation Funds.
Contact us at this email for your claim: ( )

I hope this information reaches to you well as I know you will be
curious to know why how I selected you to receive a cash sum of
$1,500,000,00 USD, our information below is 100% legitimate, I
Mr.Warren Edward Buffett and my wife Susan American business
magnate investor and philanthropist. Am the most successful
investor in the world today and Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway,I
and my wife Susan mapping out this donation funds every Year to
20 countries all over the world where our company is been located
in the world.

My wife and I decided to donate the sum of $1.5,000,000,00 USD to
you as part of our charity project to improve the lot of 20 lucky
individuals all over the world from our $16.5 Billion Usd I and
My Wife Mapped out to help people before she died. We prayed and
searched over the internet for assistance because I saw your
profile on Microsoft email owners list and picked you. Susan my
wife and I have decided to make sure this is put on the internet
for the world to see. my wife has cancer and she died at
Colchester regional hospital, my wife just didn't die but she was
a great person and I miss her so much and this is why I have
decided to do one thing I promised her forever. as you could see
from the web page above, am not getting any younger and you can
imagine having no much time to live. although am a Billionaire
Investor and we have helped some charity organizations from our

You see after taken care of the needs of our immediate family
members, Before she died we decided to donate the remaining of
our Billions to other individuals around the world in need, the
local fire department, the red cross, Haiti, hospitals in Truro
where Susan underwent her cancer treatment, and some other
organizations in Asia and Europe that fight cancer, Alzheimer's
and diabetes and the bulk of the funds deposited with our payout
bank of this charity donation. we have kept just 40% of the
entire sum to our self for the remaining days because I am sick
and am writing you from hospital computer because I don't know
when I will die. To facilitate the payment process of the funds
($1,500,000.00 USD) which have been donated solely to you, you
are to send us

your full names.................
your contact address.....................
Your State.....................................
Your Country..................................
your personal telephone number...............
your Date of birth............................
your Marital Status............................
your Occupation................................

So that I can forward your payment information to you
immediately. I am hoping that you will be able to use the money
wisely and judiciously over there in your country. Please, you
have to do your part to also alleviate the level of poverty in
your region, help as many you can help once you have this money
in your personal account because that is the only objective of
donating this money to you in the first place. I like to re-
assure you of the legitimacy of this services as we will not be
involved in any fraudulent act and will never be.

Use the money wisely, we only want to feel good by helping people
this time of the year, this is the only thing that makes my wife
happy too even now that she is not here with me anymore, we have
too much to give away as I only have a few months left on earth.
I will advise you as the prospective lucky Person to be calm not
to lose this great opportunity which millions of people are
trying to entangle but the chances just couldn't come for them
because a lot of people are out there to discourage them as they
don't know how it works, and have never seen such before. Thank
you for accepting our offer,

Best Regards,
Mr.Warren Edward Buffett

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