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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: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 20:30:04 -0500

Fund Manager: TIM MCCARRON
Fidelity Investments International
Oakhill House, 130 Tonbridge Rd Hildenborough
Tonbridge,Kent TN11 9DZ,
I am TIM MCCARRON The Fund Manager of Fidelity Investment

International. The World Largest Fund Management Company with over

1.2Trillion Capital Investment Fund and over 900 thousand investors all

over the world. Nevertheless,as The Fidelity Fund Manager, I handle all

our Investor's Direct Capital Funds (financial funds).

As a routine, every investor gets the percentage profit or dividend

from the total cash he or she invested into the company annually. Last

year it was announced that the profit margin was 20% after calculating

carefully I found out that the profit margin was 21.1% that is an

excess of 1.2% on each investor so I secretly extracted 1.2% Excess

Maximum Return Capital Profit (EMRCP) per annum on each of the

Investor's Marginal Capital Fund and created a separate account where

the total sum of the extraction was kept as an expert, the account has

a value of 28, 745, 000, 00.(pounds) Now, I am looking for someone who

I can trust to stand as an Investor to receive the fund as Annual

Investment Proceeds from Fidelity Marginal Capital Fund. All

confirmable and legal documents to back up the claims will be made

available to you as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, I have worked out the modalities 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. If you are interested,get

back to me through email so that I will provide you more information

about the transaction or you provide me with phone number to reach you

for more details.



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