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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. Frank Alfred" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 02:21:38 -0700

Dear Friend,

You will be Surprised to hear from me. I have a Business proposal which
I will like us to discuss. I am Mr. Frank Alfred, one of the international
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 $44.4m 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 confirmed 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 Clearing
Houses without any hitches. Our sharing ration should be 70 for me while 30
is for you.

Should in case you are interested, Please email me your Full Name/Contact
Address and Your Direct Telephone Numbers for discussion of this
transaction in further details.

Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Frank Alfred

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