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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: "Warren Buffett" <>
Date: Wed, 05 Aug 2020 17:02:32 -0700
Subject: Dear beloved one

Dear beloved,

We bring greetings to you in the name of the lord. This message is
sent to you as a notification that you have been chosen to benefit
from our charity project aimed at touching lives and helping those
that we can across the world as God has blessed us.

My name is Warren E. Buffett, an American business magnate, investor
and philanthropist. am the most successful investor in the world. I
believe strongly in giving while living’ I had one idea that never
changed in my mind ? that you should use your wealth to help people
and i have decided to give {$1,500,000.00} One Million Five Hundred
Thousand United Dollars, to randomly selected individuals worldwide.
On receipt of this email, you should count yourself as the lucky
individual. Your email address was chosen online while searching at
random. Kindly get back to me at your earliest convenience , so I
know your email address is valid.

This donation is made out to you so to enable you strengthen
your personal issues and mostly to generously help us extend hands of
giving to the less privileged, orphans and charity organizations
within your locality.

To verify

God bless you

Buffett Billionaire investor

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