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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- +447031977751 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Nicholai Vander Elst" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2010 07:07:23 -0800
Fidelity Investments International
Oakhill house,130 Tonbridge,Hildenborough.
+447 0 319 777 51
I am Mr.Nicholai Vander Elst
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
GBP45,745,000, 00 from the Investor's EMRCP and hereby looking for someone
trust who will stand as an Investor to receive the fund as Annual
Investment Proceeds from Fidelity Marginal Capital Fund.
All confirmable documents to back up the
claims will be made available to you prior to your
acceptance.Meanwhile,I have worked out the modalities
and technincalities 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,you should send your direct phone number so we could
discuss more on phone as regard the transaction, N:B; Do not contact my
office number or email, all correspondence must be on this private
Mr.Nicholai Vander Elst