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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:

Date: Wed, 23 Dec 2020 01:20:28 +0100
Subject: From Warren E. Buffett

Best regards! My name is Warren E. Buffett, an American businessman, invest=
or, and philanthropist. I am the world's most successful investor and CEO o=
f Berkshire Hathaway. I firmly believe that I can give in life. I had an id=
ea that never changed: I was supposed to use my wealth to help people, and =
I decided to donate two million five hundred thousand US dollars to randoml=
y selected people around the world. After receiving this email, you should =
consider yourself a happy person. Your e-mail address was chosen randomly d=
uring the search online. Please contact me as soon as possible so that I kn=
ow that your email address is valid. Contact for compensation claims by ema=

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