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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: "Mr.Azim Hashim " <xx@yy>
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2021 14:09:14 -0800
Subject: Donation Claim


I'm Azim Hashim Premji, an Indian business tycoon, investor, and
philanthropist. I'm the chairman of Wipro Limited. I gave away 25 per
cent of my personal wealth to charity. And I also pledged to give away
the rest of 25% this year 2021 I have decided to donate €,2,000,000.00
Euro to you.

If you 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..

Contact here via Email for more details:

Warm Regard

CEO Wipro Limited

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