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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:

Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2022 10:22:56 +0100

In the spirit of the new year, I have offered to assist you with 60%
0f whatever it would cost to get his donation.
I am greatly troubled that you are yet to get my donation till this
very moment. This has prompted me to offer an additional $500,000
to my earlier donation of $2,900,000.00, making it $3,400,000.00.
You are to get back to my secretary Pamela Bill with your details
stating the reason(s) why you have been unable to get your fund.

Pamela Bill

Upon the receipt of your information and reason(s),I shall would
offset 50% of the demanded fee to speed up the
process and ensure you have a very good new year celebration.
With Love,

Warren E Buffet

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