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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: tim carron <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2008 10:12:27 +0000
Subject: Urgent

From; Mr. Tim McCarron {Fidelity International UK}
I feel obliged writing this mail to you. Do accept my apology if this mail
does not suit your personal or business ethics considering the fact that
there wasn't earlier information regarding my mail.
I'm establishing a direct contact with you soliciting for your assistance and
co-operation in a business transaction involving GBP 60M hoping that you will contact me at your earliest convenient for a possible business deal.
I'm a fund manager with Fidelity International, with your sincere assistance
and co-operation; I have determined to work this deal with you if you can do
the business.

At the moment, I am constrained to issue more details about this business until
your positive response is received.

Please take a moment of your time schedules to read this and send your response.
Anticipating to hearing from you.

Thank you for your time and attention.
Warmest Regards,
Tim McCarron.

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