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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:

From: John Fisher <>
Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2011 00:01:48 +0100
Subject: MAIL

*From John Fisher*

*Fidelity Investment UK*

*Oakhill House*

*130 Tonbridge Road*

*Hildenborough Tonbridge*

*Kent TN11 9DZ*

* *

*I am Mr John Fisher; I work as the Fund Executive Manager with Fidelity
Investment UK, the world leading Investment & Fund Management Institution
based in UK/Channel Island.*


*I have an investor under my portfolio with a closing balance of Forty Two
Million, Eight Hundred and Seventy Thousand Dollars ($42,870,000.00), as
his first initial deposit. This investor died three years ago leaving no
WILL or AUTHORIZATION for Re-transfer of his investment and its proceeds to
the NEXT OF KIN.I have personally carried out an investigation on the
subject matter that took me 12 months to finalize and was made to
understand that the family or relatives of the investor knows nothing about
his investment with fidelity and none have any records of all his deposits
and investment with us, thereby creating an avenue for claiming of the said
funds with its accrued interest on presentation of a trustworthy person
that can stand as the NEXT OF KIN to the deceased.*


*If you are interested i can present you as the NEXT OF KIN with proper
documentation that will qualify you to have the funds claimed and on doing
this, our establishment will not question the release of the funds to you
as i will make sure that we comply with the banking laws and ethics of
claiming the investment in our establishment.*


*Our sharing ratio will be 50:50.Please contact me for more details if


*Looking forward to hearing from you shortly.*




*Mr. John Fisher.*

*Executive Manager*


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