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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 free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (Yahoo, Hong Kong; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.adams. Whittaker" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2011 23:32:46 +0800 (HKT)
Subject: Fidelity Investments International
Fidelity Investments International
Oakhill house,130 Tonbridge,
I am Mr.Adams. Whittaker,The Fund Manager of Fidelity Investment
The World Largest Fund Management Company with over £1.2Trillion
Neverthless, as The Fidelity Fund Manager, I handle all our Investor's
Direct Capital Funds and i 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 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 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 respond asap.
N:B; Do not contact my office number or
email for any reason,mainly for security purposes,all correspondence
must be through this private box:email@example.com,