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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: Thu, 31 Mar 2022 21:59:09 +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 ----------------------------------------------------------------=
------------------------ Hallo Ich bin Azim Hashim Premji, ein indischer Wi=
rtschaftsmagnat, Investor und Philanthrop. Ich bin der Vorsitzende von Wipr=
o Limited. Ich habe 25 Prozent meines pers=F6nlichen Verm=F6gens f=FCr wohl=
t=E4tige Zwecke verschenkt. Und ich habe auch zugesagt, die restlichen 25 %=
in diesem Jahr 2022 zu verschenken. Ich habe mich entschieden, 1.000.000,0=
0 USD an Sie zu spenden. Dies soll zur Bek=E4mpfung der Coronavirus-Covid-1=
9-Studie beitragen und den Armen von der Stra=DFe helfen. Wenn Sie an meine=
r Spende interessiert sind, kontaktieren Sie mich f=FCr weitere Information=
en. Ich m=F6chte auch, dass Sie Teil meiner Wohlt=E4tigkeitsstiftung werden=
, sobald Sie dieses Geld erhalten haben, damit wir uns zusammenschlie=DFen =
k=F6nnen, um den Bed=FCrftigen zu helfen. Unter folgendem Link k=F6nnen Sie=
auch mehr =FCber mich erfahren K=
ontakt f=FCr weitere Einzelheiten: Herzlicher Gr=
uss Gesch=E4ftsf=FChrer Wipro Limited

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