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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 E. Buffett" <>
Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2021 22:57:11 -0700
Subject: Attention

My name is Warren E. Buffett an American business magnate, investor
and philanthropist.
I 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} Two 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 before i travel to UK for my treatment ,so I
know your email address is valid.

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

God bless you.
Best Regard
Mr.Warren E. Buffett Billionaire investor

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