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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. Chrity Walton" <>
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2012 00:47:01 +0200
Subject: Help Me Distribute The Funds To Charity Organizations

My name is Christy Walton, a widow and
businesswoman, an American Citizen. I have
recently been diagnosed with Colorectal cancer
and a rare HeartDisease, which has defiled all
medical treatment. Expert diagnosis has shown
that I have few months to live.

The intention of this email is to employ the
expertise of a Charity minded individual, who
can identify a viable and guarantee reasonable
distribution of my wealth to the needy.

I cannot rely on family and closest relatives
any more, as they did not show responsible
behavior when I entrusted part of my wealth
to them to distribute to charitable organizations
but instead used the money for their personal
needs. To prevent any more mishaps, my attorney
will act as a check, monitoring every aspect of
the Charity Organizations. I have a huge cash
deposit of Thirty Five Million Dollars with a
finance House abroad. If you could be trusted,
I will want you to help me collect this deposit
and distribute it to charity organizations that
you know.

You will take out 25% of the funds for your
assistance. Please reply me back with your below
details to enable us proceed further and please
keep this confidential.


Kind Regards,
Mrs. Christy Walton.
Please contact my private E-mail:

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