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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: Dr Mbizala Paul <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 09:40:09 -0600

28/09/07 Greetings, I am a Fund Manager with South Africa Branch Head Office of Fidelity Investment Company International.I handle all our Investor's Capital Project Funds that enables me to divert 1.2% Investors Excess Return Capital Funds to our Magellan Trust Funds account whereby anyone can be presented to claim the funds. On this note, the total sum of US$34.5M has been diverted representing the 1.2% Excess Return Capital Funds from the Investor Capital Project Funds for 2005/2006.I need a reliable and trustworthy person that can work this deal out with me so that we can claim the funds as mentioned above. There are no risk attached and the funds in question can never be detected or traced. Our sharing ratio is 50:50.If you are interested,please send your direct telephone numbers for the discussion of this deal in further details. Sincerely. Dr Paul Mbizala.www.fidelityinvestment.com6th Floor,Standard Bank TowersAdderley Street,Cape TownSouth Africa 8001Tel/Fax +27 86 602 4785 (You can also reach me on my alternative mail on
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