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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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Fraud email example:

From: taalie edward <>
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2006 19:22:53 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Dear One

dear one,
first and foremost here is my brief introduction,i am miss Taalie edward,21 years old and the only daughter of my late parents mr.and mrs. lawrence Edward.

my father was a highly reputable business magnate-(a cocoa merchant)who operated in abidjan the capital of ivory coast. during his days, it is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in france in one of his business trips abroad in the year 12th.feb. 2005.though, his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle who travelled with him at that time.but god knows the truth!

my mother died when i was just 11 years old,and since then my father took me so specially. before his death on febuary 12 2005 he called his secretary who accompanied him to the hospital and revealed to her that he had a sum of $5.5 million us dollars (five million five hundred thousand usd)deposited in a security company here in abidjan, ivory coast.
he also said he used my name to deposit the fund as his only daughter, as well as the next of kin to the fund.
the secretary in turn explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business associates. that i should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where i will transfer this money to and use it for investment purposes.
i want you therefore, to assist me to retreive this fund from the security company ,and use it to invest for me.
i am just 21 years old and a high school leaving certificate holder.i am so confused and don't know what to do.i really need your help to claim this money. this is because i have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in ivory coast.the death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life.

now permit me to ask these few questions:-
1. can you honestly help me as your daughter?
2. can i completely trust you?
3. i shall offer you 15% of the total sum for your effort input towards assisting me

please,consider this and get back to me as soon as possible.also forward your private telephone and fax numbers if you are willing to assist me.i will in turn send to you the relevant, detailed information for confirmation and verification from the security company of the existence and authenticity of my proposal to you. these two numbers of yours will make communication easy.

thank you so very much.
my sincere regards,

miss Taalie Edward

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