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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 Alice Louise Walton" <>
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 2021 02:24:40 +0800
Subject: Fund Donation ($2.5Million Dollars)

Hello Good Day

My name is Alice Louise Walton the daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton, I am 70 years old worth $52.5 billion dollars. You can read about me on: .I am the most successful investor in the world and Board of Amon Carter Museum, I believe strongly in‘giving while living’ I had one idea that never
changed in my mind ? that you should use your wealth to help people and i have decided to give { US$2,500,000.00} two Million Five Hundred Thousand United Dollars, to randomly selected individuals worldwide. On receipt of this email, you should count yourself as the lucky individual. Your email address was chosen online while searching at random. Kindly get back to me at your earliest convenience, so I know your email address is valid.

Send your reply to this e-mail ( ) to enable me give you more details about this Donation. Do make sure you provide me with your complete information below so I forward it to my selected payout bank for disbursement.

Full Name:

As I wait for your response, I wish you a wonderful day.

Mrs Alice Louise Walton.

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