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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" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:15:43 +0900

My Dearest.

Greetings to you my dear beloved, 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 a great citizen of United States of America. I bring
to you a proposal which I want you to assist me with. I am worth $ 22.5 billion
Dollars which rated me as the 2nd Richest Woman in the World. But as the
saying goes, money is not everything. It is painful now to let you know that
I have been suffering from a Heart disease for the past 22 years and just few
weeks ago my Doctor told me that I won't survive the illness. And my Will
being with my Lawyer of which my family is aware about, but nobody is aware
of my 40% Bank Worth which is $9,000,000,000 (Nine Billion United State Dollars).
I intend to use the $ 9,000,000,000.00 for CHARITY. It will surprise you to
know that I have not seen anybody from my family since my condition became

God Bless You.
Mrs. Christy Walton


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