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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: "Mr.George Melvin," <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 14:30:53 +0200
Subject: URGENT

From: Mr.George Melvin,
Fidelity Investment International,
1 bank top mickleton barnard castle dl12 0jh
Hello Dear,
I am Mr.George Melvin, Funds Manager of Fidelity Investment International.
The World largest Funds Management Company with over $1.2 Trillion Capital
Investment Funds. Nevertheless, as Fidelity Funds Manager, I Handle all our
Investor's Direct Capital Funds and Secretly extract 1.2% Excess Maximum
Return Capital Profit (EMRCP) per annum on each of the Investor's Magellan
Capital Funds.
As an expert, I have made over Us$36Million (Thirty Six Million Dollars from
the Investor's EMRCP and hereby looking For someone to trust who will stand
as an Investor to Receive the funds as Annual Investment Proceeds from
Fidelity Magellan Capital Funds.
All confirmable Documents to back up the claims will be made available To
you prior to your acceptance. Meanwhile, I have Worked out the strategies
and technicalities whereby The funds can be claimed in any of our 6 Clearing
Houses without any hitches.
Our sharing ratio will be 50/50, Should incase you are interested, Please
email me back Or call me on my mobile phone number or provide me With your
Contact office/mobile Cell phone number for discussion of this Transaction
in further details.
Mr.George Melvin.

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