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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: Maria Elisabeth Schaeffler <>
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2022 17:30:02 +0100
Subject: Re

I'm Ms.Maria Elisabeth Schaeffler, a German business magnate, investor
and philanthropist. I am the chairman of Wipro Limited. I spent 25
percent of my personal wealth on charity. And I also promised to give
away the rest of 25% to individuals this year 2022. I have decided to
donate 1,000,000,00.Euros(One million Euros) to you. If you are
interested in my donation, please contact me for more Information.

The intention of this email should be a great blessing to people. At
my age, I cannot continue to accumulate wealth without giving. I have
a net worth of over $3.1 billion dollars. You can also read this at

Below is the Email address to contact for this Donation:

Managing Director Wipro Limited

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

Die Absicht dieser E-Mail sollte ein großer Segen für die Menschen
sein. In meinem Alter kann ich nicht weiter Reichtum anhäufen, ohne zu
spenden. Ich habe ein Nettovermögen von über 3,1 Milliarden Dollar.
Sie können dies auch bei Forbes lesen:

Nachstehend finden Sie die E-Mail-Adresse, an die Sie sich für diese
Spende wenden können:

Geschäftsführerin Wipro Limited

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