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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 Buffett" <>
Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2021 16:21:51 -0800


My name is Warren E. Buffett an American business magnate, investor and
philanthropist. I am the most successful investor in the world,chairman
and CEO of Berkshire Hathway .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 State
Dollars (email;)
To facilitate the payment process of the funds ($1.5000,000.00 USD)
which have been donated solely to you, you are to send us

your full names.................
your contact address........
your Age:.....................
your personal telephone number...............
your Occupation: ...........................
Sex: .........................

so that i can forward your payment information to you immediately. I am
hoping that you will be able to use the money wisely and judiciously
over there in your country. please you have to do your part to also
alleviate the level of poverty in your region, help as many you can help
once you have this money in your personal account because that is the
only objective of donating this money to you in the first place.
Thank you for accepting our offer, we are indeed grateful You Can Google
my name for more information:

God bless you
Mr.Warren Buffett

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