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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" <>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 16:38:36 -0700
Subject: Hi,


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 {$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 before I travel to Japan for my
treatment , so I know your email address is valid. (
Email me.

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

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

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