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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 <>
Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2022 03:41:45 +0800
Subject: Humanitarian Donation

I'm Azim Hashim Premji, an Indian business tycoon, investor and
philanthropist. I am the Chairman of Wipro Limited. I have donated 25
percent of my personal wealth to charity. And I've also committed to
donating the remaining 25% this last quarter of the year 2022. I have
decided to donate $1,500,000.00 to you. If you are interested in my
donation please contact me for more information. I also want you to
become part of my charity foundation once you receive this money so that
together we can help those in need.

You can also read more about me using the link below

Contact me via email for more

Best regards
CEO Wipro Limited

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