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The message below (shown in yellow) is an example of a charity-donation scam. It claims to be from the American billionaire Warren Buffett, who says he wants to send you part of his fortune. Alas, “Warren Buffett” here is just a scammer (notice the email originates from India). If you make the mistake of replying to the message, the scammer will try to get your credit card or bank account information, and then instead of making a promised deposit, he will empty your account of whatever is in it.
The real Warren Buffett of course has nothing to do with this message. Scammers routinely use the names of famous people to make their scam messages sound legitimate. Don’t fall for the trap!
date: Dec 22, 2020
subject: From Warren E. Buffett
Best regards! My name is Warren E. Buffett, an American businessman, investor, and philanthropist. I am the world’s most successful investor and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. I firmly believe that I can give in life. I had an idea 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 randomly selected people around the world. After receiving this email, you should consider yourself a happy person. Your e-mail address was chosen randomly during the search online. Please contact me as soon as possible so that I know that your email address is valid. Contact for compensation claims by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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