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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 McCarron <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2008 10:08:31 +0000

From: Mr. Tim McCarron {Fidelity International UK }.Date: 03:09:2008
I feel obliged writing this mail to you. Do accept my apology if thismail does not suit your personal or business ethics considering thefact that there wasn't earlier information regarding my mail. I'mestablishing direct communication with you soliciting for yourassistance and co-operation in a business transaction involving GBP 27M (£27,000,000.00) hoping that you will contact me at your earliestconvenience so that we can do this together to a common end.I'm a Fund Manager with Fidelity International, The World LargestFunds Management Company with over $1.2Trillion Capital InvestmentFunds. As a Fund Manager, I handle Investor's Direct Capital Funds andextract 1.2% Excess Maximum Return Capital Profit (EMRCP) per annum oneach of the Investor's Magellan Capital Funds.Visit the below web link; established this communication, If you can be trusted, youwould then stand in as an Investor to receive the funds as AnnualInvestment Proceeds from Fidelity Magellan Capital Funds. I havedetermined to work this deal with you if you can do the business. Ifyou are interested, please let me know for discussion of this deal infurther details. I am counting on your sense of confidentiality, as itis my desire that you keep this business to yourself. Thanks for yourunderstanding co-operation. At the moment, I'm compelled not to issuemore details about this business until your positive response isreceived.Please take a moment of your time schedule to read this and send yourresponse.Thank you for your time and attention.
Warmest Regards,Tim McCarron.

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