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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 Buffett" <"www.">
Reply-To: "Mr. Warren Buffett" <>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:15:03 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention: Gift Recipients

Mr. Warren Buffett Charitable Mission
Oracle of Omaha, Nebraska

Attention: Gift Recipients

You have been randomly gifted to receive a cash sum of One Million Two Hundred Thousand Us Dollars from Buffett Charitable donation funds.

Please contact the charitable institution via email below for your claim:

I will contact our paying institution of this donation once I hear from you and then will forward your details to them for payment.

Mr. Warren Buffett Charitable Foundation,
Email: (

You are to Re-confirm your details below while contacting for your claim.

Your Full Names:

You Country/Contact Address:
Current Mobile number

Please you have to do your part to help other people once you have the money in your personal account because that is the only objective of donating this money to you.

Best Wishes
Secretary Henry Foster
Legal Representative Buffet Donation Sign

Mr. Warren Buffett
Business magnate,
Investor and philanthropist.

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