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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. Warren E. Buffett" <>
Reply-To: "Mr. Warren E. Buffett" <>
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2021 09:33:10 +0100 (IST)
Subject: Donation From Warren Buffett

Donation From Warren Buffett

My name is Warren Edward 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 {$2,500,000.00} to randomly selected
individuals worldwide. On receipt of this email, you should count
yourself as the lucky individual.

Kindly reconfirm your current address through this
Email( to avoid any mistake:

Your email address was chosen online while searching at random. Kindly
get back to me at your earliest convenience before i travel to japan
for my treatment , so I know your email address is valid. Contact my
email; (

Thank you for accepting our offer, we are indeed grateful You Can
Google my name for more information: Warren Buffet OR You visit my

God bless you.

Best Regard
Mr. Warren E. Buffett
Billionaire investor

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