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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: Mrs Maria Elisabeth Schaeffler <>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2022 16:35:58 +0400
Subject: Spende

Ich bin Frau Maria Elisabeth Schaeffler, eine deutsche Wirtschaftsmagnatin, Investorin und Philanthropin. Ich bin der Vorsitzende von Wipro Limited. Ich habe 25 Prozent meines persönlichen Vermögens für wohltätige Zwecke ausgegeben. Und ich habe auch versprochen, die restlichen 25% dieses Jahr 2022 an Einzelpersonen zu verschenken. Ich habe mich entschlossen, Ihnen 1.500.000,00 Euro zu spenden. Wenn Sie an meiner Spende interessiert sind, kontaktieren Sie mich bitte für weitere Informationen.

Sie können auch über den folgenden Link mehr über mich lesen

Geschäftsführer Wipro Limited

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