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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.Azim Hashim Premji " <>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2022 00:10:11 +0100

Hello I'm Azim Hashim Premji, an Indian business tycoon, investor, and phil=
anthropist. I'm the chairman of Wipro Limited. I gave away 25 percent of my=
personal wealth to charity. And I also pledged to give away the rest of 25=
% this year 2022.. I have decided to donate $1,000,000.00USD to you. This i=
s to help combat the corona virus covid-19 study and help the poor off the =
street. If you are interested in my donation, do contact me for more info. =
I will also want you to be part of my Charity Foundation once you receive t=
his money so we can join hands together to help the needy.. You can also re=
ad more about me via the link below
ji Contact for more details: Warm Regard CEO Wip=
ro Limited ----------------------------------------------------------------=
------------------------ Hola Soy Azim Hashim Premji, magnate de los negoci=
os, inversionista y fil=E1ntropo indio. Soy el presidente de Wipro Limited.=
Don=E9 el 25 por ciento de mi riqueza personal a la caridad. Y tambi=E9n m=
e compromet=ED a regalar el resto del 25% este a=F1o 2022. He decidido dona=
rles $1,000,000.00USD. Esto es para ayudar a combatir el estudio del virus =
corona covid-19 y ayudar a los pobres a salir de la calle. Si est=E1 intere=
sado en mi donaci=F3n, p=F3ngase en contacto conmigo para obtener m=E1s inf=
ormaci=F3n. Tambi=E9n querr=E9 que seas parte de mi fundaci=F3n ben=E9fica =
una vez que recibas este dinero para que podamos unirnos para ayudar a los =
necesitados. Tambi=E9n puedes leer m=E1s sobre m=ED a trav=E9s del siguient=
e enlace Contacto para m=E1s deta=
lles: Respecto c=E1lido CEO Wipro Limited

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