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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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Lisa Reed" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2011 07:56:46 -0700
Subject: **Message from Fidelity Investments International.**
Fidelity Investments International
Oakhill house,130 Tonbridge,Hildenborough.
Kent TN119DZ,United Kingdom.
My Name is Mrs. Lisa Reed ,Head Of Investigation Department and Funds/portfolio manager of Fidelity Investment International,one of the world's largest fund management company with over 1.2 Billion capital investment funds.
As funds control manager of Fidelity Investment International, I handle all our investor's direct capital funds/portfolio and secretly extracted 1.2% Excess Maximum Return Capital Profit (EMRCP) per annum on each of the investor's marginal capital funds.
During my routine check up and inspection on investors EMRCP,I found out £10. 745. 000. 00 Million from a deceased investor's EMRCP which nobody is aware of. This was after the recent change of board of directors and some core staffs of our firm.
It may interest you to know that I have been able to move the funds to a finance firm/financial Institution for safety and hereby looking for someone to trust who will stand as investor/beneficiary to claim these funds as Annual Investment Proceeds from fidelity marginal capital funds.All confirmable and back up documents shall be forwarded to our clearing house for the release of these funds to you.I have worked out the modalities and technicalities whereby the funds can be claimed in any of our 6 Clearing Houses without hitches.
Our sharing ratio will be 50/50. If you are interested,do ensure to furnish me with your names in full,your contact address and your direct phone number so we could discuss more on telephone as regard the transaction.
Please note that I will forward to you my private telephone in my next mail.
Mrs. Lisa Reed.