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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:

Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 16:33:04 +0200

*Hello Dear,

I am Mrs Carol Parker,a Chartered Portfolio Manager(CPM) with the External
Division of Nationwide Ich,one of the oldest Clearinghouse and a major
financial service provider in Europe. *

*My primary duties are investment counselling and Portfolio Investment
management in the FDI sector, these entails managing all sort of investment
portfolios (such as stocks, bonds, futures and future options etc) with a
limited power of attorney to operate clients accounts on the purpose of
buying and selling of shares and other investment purposes that will yield
interest to capital without requiring further client's approval for
investment purposes.

*I am a British citizen who travels across Europe on a regular bases due to
the nature of my job, What I am about to disclose to you is highly
confidential and I trust that you will not betray the confidence I am
reposing on you. *

*In carrying out my duties as external investment manager, I handle all our
investors Direct Capital Funds and was able to confidentially extract 1.2%
from all Investment Returns Earned from several investors on the underlying
assets over a period of 3years. *

*From this expertise arithmetic, I am able to accumulate the sum £2.8M from
the investor's EMCRP. The company annual report has been duly concluded and
dividends declared while clients are much happier with the annual
returnsthan the previous years under review.

*I am here by asking you to come and stand as an investor to receive this
fund as annual Investment Proceeds from ABN AMRO EQUITIES UK LTD. *

*I assure you that all well made and successful bank directors and stock
brokers all over the world has participated in one time or the other in this
deduction racket and are still in it today, once clients are satisfied with
the annual earnings the deal is as good as being concluded. *

*I have nurtured and protected this deal for the past three years and if I
am assured of your interest, honesty and capability, If we both agree on an
acceptable memorandum of understanding, I will open an On Line Investors
Account with Nationwide Ich UK using this accumulated Fund as initial
account deposit for investment. I have master plan for the withdrawals which
I shall forward to you for your perusal.

My major reason for contacting you is that I have decided to move this Fund
at this time out of England and to my partner's country because final
external audit has been conducted without trace of the said deductions.*

*What I need is someone trustworthy to receive the money for me in a
legitimate manner of a stock investor and I hope you might fit that profile.

I have made all the arrangements and plans to enable me to move the money
from England to a country of my choice without hindrance. For your
assistance and help in receiving this money, you will benefit a reasonable
part of the total money as we may both agree.*

*Please help to clear this money it has been here for three years without
traces. This is a racket for the intellectuals, core/real investors and
still remain sacred to the public.

Should you be interested, please email me with your consent for further

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Carol Parker.*

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