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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. Simona Ruth" <>
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2022 20:51:19 +0300
Subject: Welcome To Walmart,

Dear Sir / Madam,

This is Mrs. Simona Ruth from Walmart, I am here to inform you that
your funds was deposited here by the Federal Government of United
States of America to transfer the funds to you in care of Walmart.

We are ordered to transfer your funds on the amount of $5000 per two
/ two hours, other transfer will commence daily until the total sum
of $25,000,000.00 USD is completely transferred to you and we have
already sent $5000 USD to you via Walmart to Walmart so your urgent
reply is needed right away to enable you pick up your first payment.

Therefore i want you to reconfirm your full information below:

Your Names/Country/Phone Number/Address/City/Age/Sex/ ID card Copy.

To enable us start releasing your payment to you today without any

For oral communication call or text +1 (818) 863-6147

Contact Email ( )

Yours In Service

Mrs. Simona Ruth

Sales Associate Walmart.

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