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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: "ERIC ELLIOT" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2011 19.17.05 +0100

Good day,

This message is directed to you for the purpose of a transaction that
is worth US$48,300,000.This transaction is completely legitimate and
all legal documents
will be provided which will cover you and the funds during the course
of this transaction.
I am Eric Elliot by name and i am presently in the Italy precisely .If
you are interested in this transaction,i will advise you
send me an email with the following details:

The reason for these details to be released to me is to be sure i am
not corresponding with the wrong person.Note that you are been
contacted because of your family name and as such,i must be very sure
someoneelse is not playing a fast one on either of us.
If you would like to discuss further about this transaction that is in
your family name as an inheritance that you will benefit from,
Note: Do not respond to this email address you received this message
from because my server has a problem to send mails and so,i send you
with my relative's email.Endeavour to respond only to the email
address stated above.
Your response will be highly appreciated at this point because this
money has been delayed for too long and i would like to finalize the
transaction as soon as possible so that i can go ahead with my other
client's issues i have at stake.

Eric Elliot.
+39 3880513358

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