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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, 8 Sep 2022 20:19:51 +0100

Hello I'm Azim Hashim Premji, an Indian business tycoon, investor, and
philanthropist. 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 is 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 this money so we can
join hands together to help the needy.. You can also read more about
me via the link below
Contact for more details: Warm Regard CEO
Wipro Limited.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Hallo, ich bin Azim Hashim Premji, ein indischer Wirtschaftsmagnat,
Investor und Philanthrop. Ich bin der Vorsitzende von Wipro Limited.
Ich habe 25 Prozent meines persönlichen Vermögens für wohltätige
Zwecke verschenkt. Und ich habe auch zugesagt, die restlichen 25 %
dieses Jahr 2022 zu verschenken. Ich habe mich entschieden,
1.000.000,00 USD an Sie zu spenden. Dies soll zur Bekämpfung der
Coronavirus-Covid-19-Studie beitragen und den Armen von der Straße
helfen. Wenn Sie an meiner Spende interessiert sind, kontaktieren Sie
mich für weitere Informationen. Ich möchte auch, dass Sie Teil meiner
Wohltätigkeitsstiftung werden, sobald Sie dieses Geld erhalten, damit
wir uns zusammenschließen können, um den Bedürftigen zu helfen. Sie
können auch mehr über mich über den Link unten lesen wiki/Azim_Premji
Kontakt für weitere Einzelheiten: Herzliche
Rücksicht CEO
Wipro Limited.

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