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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: "Azim Hashim Premji" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2022 09:55:20 -0700
Subject: DONATIONS!!


I'm Azim Hashim Premji, an Indian business tycoon, investor and Philanthropist. I am the Chairman of Wipro Limited. I have been giving away 25 percent of my personal wealth to charity. Due to the crisis caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, I have also pledged to give 25% this year 2022, I have decided to donate $2,000,000 (2 million dollar) to you. If you are interested in my donation, contact me For more information. I also want you to be part of my charity Foundation as soon as you receive this money so that we can join hands to help the needy..

You can also read more about me using the link below

Contact me by email for more details:

Warm greetings
CEO Wipro Limited

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