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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Re-Connect. 2 Attempt(s) left" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 7 Jul 2009 11:35:17 -0700
Subject: I have sent you this before,{Fidelity Investment International}

Fidelity Investments International
Oakhill house,130 Tonbridge,
Hildenborough.Kent TN119DZ,
United Kingdom,


I am Dr.Tom Ewing,the Funds manager, Fidelity International Investments London,The World Largest Funds management with over 1.2 Trillion GBP Capital Investment Funds. Nevertheless, as Fidelity Funds Manager, i handle all our investors Direct Capital Fund and secretly extracted 3.2% Excess Maximum Return Capital Profit (EMRCP) per annum on each of investor's Magellan Capital Funds.

As an expert, i have made over 49.8million GBP from the investor's EMCRP and hereby contact you to stand as an investor to receive the funds as annual Investment Proceeds from Fidelity Magellan Capital Funds.

All conformable documents to back up this claim will be made available to you prior to your acceptance. Meanwhile, I have worked out the strategics and technicalities where the funds can be claimed in any of our 6 clearing houses without any hitch. Our sharing ratio will be 55-40 while 5% will be for expenses during the process of transaction.

If you are interested in handling this life changing and promising transaction of mine, please reply via this email address below and as well email me your direct telephone number for discussion of this deal in further details.

Best Regards,
Dr.Tom Ewing,
Funds Manager.

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