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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 R, Walton" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:08:55 -0700
Subject: Re: Hello Friend

My Dearest,
Greetings to you my dear beloved, I am Mrs. Christy Walton a great citizen of United States of America.I bring to you a proposal worth $1,125,000,000.00 (One Billion One Hundred and Twenty Five Million United State Dollars) which i intend to use for CHARITY WORK.If interested I shall provide you with more details. Please email via [ ] You can read more of this deal on this link.

Please reply me back with your full details if you are interested, so i can provide you with further details.

God Bless You.
Name: Mrs. Christy Walton.
Private Email:

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