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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: "Azim Hashim Premji" <>
Date: Mon, 02 Sep 2019 01:39:55 -0700
Subject: Re:

I'm Azim Hashim Premji, an Indian business tycoon, investor, and philanthr=
opist. I'm the chairman of Wipro Limited. I gave away 25 percent of my pers=
onal wealth to charity. And I also pledged to give away the rest of 25% thi=
s year 2019. I have decided to donate $1,000,000.00 US Dollars to you. If y=
ou are interested in my donation, do contact me for more info. I will also =
want you to be part of my Charity Foundation once you receive this money so=
we can join hands together to help the needy. You can also read more about=
me via the link below
Contact him via Email for more details:
Warm Regard
CEO Wipro Limited

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