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Statement On Fraudulent Email That Promises Grant

November 4, 2014

The Walton Family Foundation has been made aware of a fraudulent email claiming to be from our Executive Director, Buddy Philpot. Similar versions of the email claim to be from "Peter W." or "Horace S." The email may look as if it is coming from a Foundation-related website or from an email address of The message indicates that the recipient has been chosen for a $5 million grant. The Foundation did not send this email. We are preparing legal action to stop this behavior.

If you have received an email like the example below, we recommend you forward the email to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White Collar Crime Center by visiting

-----Original Message-----
From: Buddy D. Philpot
Sent: Fri, Oct 31, 2014 3:21 pm
Subject: Walton Family Foundation


This message is from the Walton Family Foundation established in 1988 by the late Sam and Helen Walton (co-founder of Walmart) The Walton Family Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the world and as part of our Support for social business investment, every year Walton Family Foundation gives out USD $5,000.000.00 (Five Million United State Dollars) to a randomly selected individual to help someone out there start a business or grow an existing business.

If you are reading this message you should count yourself lucky, this simply means that our random list picker has selected your email address as the 2014 winner of our annually social business support give away. Kindly get back to me at your earliest convenience so we can be sure your email address is still valid and also guide you how to receive the fund.


Buddy D. Philpot
Foundation’s Executive Director
- OR -


I have just received your reply and now we are sure your email address is still valid, I will like to congratulate you once again as the winner of our annually social business support give away. You will be receiving $5 Million (Five Million United State Dollars) from the Walton Family Foundation to help you start a new business or if you already have a business this amount will help you grown your business.

You will be required to send the below information to me urgently so i can forward it to our paying authority to start processing the fund transfer.

1. Your Full Name / Company Name
2. Your Identification (International Passport/Company Identity Card)
3. Your Residential Address
4. Your Direct Telephone / Cell Phone Number
5. Occupation
6. Age
7. Marital Status

After the information above is received, the Walton Family Foundation financial managemen will get in touch with you for the payment procedures and a winner certificate will also be issued in your name. I await your response as soon as possible with the requested details.

Peter W.
Foundation’s Executive Director