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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 Buffet Billionaire invest" <>
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2020 06:25:41 -0400

I hope this information meet you well as I know you will be curious to
know why/how I selected you to receive a cash sum of $5,000,000,00 USD,
our information below is 100% legitimate,

My wife and I decided to donate the sum of $5,000,000,00 USD to you as
part of our charity project to improve the lot of 10 lucky individuals all
over the world from our $12 Billion Usd I and My Wife Mapped out to help
people before she died. We prayed and searched over the internet for
assistance because i saw your profile on Microsoft email owners list and
picked you. Susan my wife and i have decided to make sure this is put on
the internet for the world to see. my wife has cancer and she died at
colchester regional hospital, my wife just didn't die but she was a great
person and I miss her so much and this is why I have decided to do one
thing i promised her forever. as you could see from the webpage above, am
not getting any younger and you can imagine having no much time to live.
although am a Billionaire investor and we have helped some charity
organizations from our Fund.

You see after taken care of the needs of our immediate family members,
Before she died we decided to donate the remaining of our Billions to
other individuals around the world in need, the local fire department, the
red cross, Haiti, hospitals in truro where Susan underwent her cancer
treatment, and some other organizations in Asia and Europe that fight
cancer, alzheimer's and diabetes and the bulk of the funds deposited with
our payout bank of this charity donation. we have kept just 40% of the
entire sum to our self for the remaining days because i am sick and am
writing you from hospital computer because i dont know when i will die.

To facilitate the payment process of the funds ($5,000,000.00 USD) which
have been donated solely to you, you are to send us
your full names.................
your contact address................
your personal telephone number...............
so that i can forward your payment information to you immediately. I am
hoping that you will be able to use the money wisely and judiciously over
there in your country. please you have to do you part to also alleviate
the level of poverty in your region, help as many you can help once you
have this money in your personal account because that is the only
objective of donating this money to you in the first place.

I like to re-assure you of the legitimacy of this services as we will not
be involved in any fraudulent act and will never be. use the money wisely,
we only want to feel good by helping people this time of the year, this is
the only thing that makes my wife happy too even now that she is not here
with me anymore, we have too much to give away as I only have few months
left on earth. I will advise as you as the prospective lucky Person to be
calm not to loose this great opportunity which millions of people are
trying to entangled but the chances just couldn't come for them because a
lot of people are out there to discourage them as they don't know how it
works, and have never seen such before.

Thank you for accepting our offer, we are indeed grateful You Can Google
my name for more information: Mr Warren Buffet.

God bless you
Mr.Warren Buffet Billionaire invest

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