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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. Warren Edward Buffett." <>
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2023 21:09:47 +0100
Subject: Donation, send your full details to receive your approved grant.

Attention, My name is Warren E. Buffett, an American business magnate,
investor and philanthropist. I am the most successful investor in the
world. I believe strongly in giving while living' I had one idea that
never changed in my mind ? That you should use your wealth to help
people and I have decided to give you $5,500,000.00 to randomly
selected individuals worldwide. You should count yourself as the lucky

Kindly reply back so I know that your email address is valid.

Reply to me through this email;

God bless you.

Mr. Warren Edward Buffett.

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