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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.Spencer Mark <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2008 22:31:20 +0000
Subject: RE:Business Offer

Fidelity Investments International Oakhill house,130 Tonbridge,Hildenborough.Kent TN119DZ,United Kingdom.Tel:+447045712004 Date:22th December 2008Dear Friend, Good day and Compliments of the Season to you My Dear.I found your profile very interesting and decided to reach you directly to solicit for your assistance and guidelines in making a business investment and transfer of Fund,I am Mr.Spencer Mark,The Fund Manager of Fidelity Investment International.The World Largest Fund Management Company with over £1.2Trillion Capital Investment Fund.Neverthless,As The Fidelity Fund Manager,I handle all our Investor's Direct Capital Funds and secretly extracted 1.2% Excess Maximum Return Capital Profit (EMRCP) per-annum on each of the Investor's Marginal Capital Fund.As an expert,I have made over £45,745,000.00 (fourty five million seven hundred and fourty five thousand Britist Pounds)from the Investor's EMRCP and hereby looking for someone to trust who will stand as an Investor to receive the fund as Annual Investment Proceeds from Fidelity Marginal Capital Fund. All confirmable legal documents to back up the claims will be made available to you prior to your acceptance.Meanwhile,I have worked out the modalities and technicalities whereby the funds can be claimed in any of our 6(Six)Clearing Houses without any hitches.Our sharing ratio will be 70-30. If you are interested,you should send your direct Phone number so we could discuss more on Phone as regard the transaction as the case maybe. Thank you and waiting to hear from you soon. Sincerely.Mr.Spencer Mark(FUND MANAGER)Tel:+447045712004

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