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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: "Taalie Edward" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2016 20:44:24 -0700
Subject: Dearest Beloved.

Dearest Beloved.

After reading your profile on this site I became interested in you and also want to know more better you .

My name is Taalie edward, 18 year old Girl a student, my late father was a granut biggest farmer here North Eastern Nigeria before he was killed by the group of dread Boko Haram Islamic Militants on date May 12, 2014.

Before the death of my father, he let me know he had deposited into a fixed account in a bank in Indonasia for my schooling and some other needs when I am old enough to take care of myself.

Now, since my father is late and our family members are after me to kill me so as to inherit my fathers wealth, I kindly seek your help in claiming this funds from the Bank and invest it into a business in your country while you shall also help me get a visa into your country so that I can further my education.

The reason why I seek your help is because I am of age and cannot go for claims of that funds from the Bank because of my age status.

I shall send you the paying bank here contact details as my late fathers business partner overseas and shall forward all the deposit documents to you as soon as I can confide in you that you would not sit in the funds after it gets to your care.

I also want you to reply to me immediatelly is not safe for me.

Also send me your telephone number in your reply so that i can call you for discussions. email me directly to

Thanks a lot and God Bless you.


Taalie Edward.

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