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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: "Mrs. Christy Walton" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2011 08:13:02 +0900 (JST)
Subject: your assistance is needed

My Dearest,

Greeting to you my dear Brothers and Sisters the good people of this
planet earth I am writing you this e-mail not to disturb you but to ask
for your assistant based on my personality and my present condition in
life and in particular what I intend doing for CHARITY.

I am Mrs. Christy Walton the 2nd Richest Woman in the world am a great
citizen of United State of America, I bring to you a proposal which I want
you to assist me with, I worth $ 22.5 billion Dollars which rated me as
the 2nd Richest Woman in the World.

As the going says Money is not everything on earth, its painful now to let
the world know my present condition as a cry for help. I have been
suffering from a Heart disease for the passed 22 years. Just few weeks ago
my Doctors in America just told me that is time for me to die, and my Will
been with my Lawyer which my Family is awear of, but nobody is awear about
the 40% of my Bank Worth which is $9,000,000,000 (Nine Billion United
State Dollars).

I intend to give it to CHARITY because I have not seen anybody from my
Family, Relations and Friends which I trust to help me out. I have always
had this DREAM to help CHARITY and I have always promise myself that I
must do this very big at my end time to CHARITY, can I please trust you to
help me give to CHARITY this heave amount of Money because I have just 2
Months left to die, as I write to you now am full of Tears as I await my

Please reply me back with your below details to enable us proceed further
and please keep this confidential.


God Bless You.

Mrs. Christy Walton

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