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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 <>
Date: 30 Apr 2021 19:54:27 +0200
Subject: Warm greeting,

We bring greetings in the name of the Lord. This message has been
sent to you as a notification that you have been selected to use our
charity project, which aims to touch life and help those we can all over
the world as God bless me

I'm Azim Hashim Premji, an Indian business magnate, Investor and
philanthropist. I am the chairman of Wipro Limited. I have 25 percent of
my personal fortune for charity Purposes spent. And I also promised the
rest of 25% in give away this year 2021. I have decided to Donate you
1,000,000.00  Euro. If you are interested in my donation, contact me for
more information. I also want that You are part of my charity foundation
as soon as you receive this money so that we can unite to the needy to

I apologize for sending you this unwanted email, but your email was
chosen and sent to my foundation after successful search from Google &

Please note that if you find this email in your spam, please know that
this is due to a low network You can also read more about me through the
following link

Contact via email for more information:

Warm greeting
Managing Director Wipro Limited

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