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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: Thu, 21 Oct 2021 20:33:35 +0100
Subject: Greetings to You

Greetings to You

You have been given a $5 MILLION USD donation fund. Contact us at this
email for your claim:
I hope this information meet you well as I know you will be curious to know
why/how I selected you to receive a cash sum of $5,000,000,00 USD, our
information below is 100% legitimate, please see the link below:
My wife and I decided to donate the sum of $5,000,000,00 USD to you as part
of our charity project to improve the lot of 10 lucky individuals all over
the world from our $12 Billion Usd I and My Wife Mapped out to help people
before she died. We prayed and searched over the internet for assistance
because I saw your profile on Microsoft email owners list and picked you.
Susan, my wife and I have decided to make sure this is put on the internet
for the world to see. My wife has cancer and she died at Colchester
regional hospital, my wife just didn't die but she was a great person and I
miss her so much and this is why I have decided to do one thing I promised
her forever. As you could see from the webpage above, I am not getting any
younger and you can imagine having no much time to live. although I am a
Billionaire investor and we have helped some charity organizations from our

You see after taken care of the needs of our immediate family members,
Before she died we decided to donate the remaining of our Billions to other
individuals around the world in need, the local fire department, the red
cross, Haiti, hospitals in truro where Susan underwent her cancer
treatment, and some other organizations in Asia and Europe that fight
cancer, alzheimer's and diabetes and the bulk of the funds deposited with
our payout bank of this charity donation. We have kept just 40% of the
entire sum to ourselves for the remaining days because I am sick and am
writing to you from the hospital computer because I don't know when I will

To facilitate the payment process of the funds ($5,000,000.00 USD) which
have been donated solely to you, you are to send us
your full names.................
your contact address................
your personal telephone number...............
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 as you can 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.

I like to reassure you of the legitimacy of this service as we will not be
involved in any fraudulent act and will never be. use the money wisely, we
only want to feel good by helping people this time of the year, this is the
only thing that makes my wife happy too even now that she is not here with
me anymore, we have too much to give away as I only have a few months left
on earth. I will advise as you as the prospective lucky Person to be calm
not to lose this great opportunity which millions of people are trying to
entangled but the chances just couldn't come for them because a lot of
people are out there to discourage them as they don't know how it works,
and have never seen such before.

Thank you for accepting our offer, we are indeed grateful You Can Google my
name for more information: Mr Warren Buffett.
God bless you
Mr.Warren Buffett Billionaire investor

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