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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: "Martin McCourt" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2012 03:45:15 -0800
Subject: Mutual Business Deal (From Fidelity Investment).


I am Mr.Martin McCourt, The Funds Manager of Fidelity Investment International. The World Largest Fund Management Company with over £1.2
Trillion Capital Investment Fund, Nevertheless, 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
£25 Million British Pounds from the Investor's EMRCP and here by 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 and information
to back up the claims will be made available to you prior to your Acceptance.

Meanwhile, I have worked out the modalities and technicalities where by the funds can be claimed in any of our 6 Clearing Houses without any
hitches. Our sharing ratio will be 60% for me and 40% for you.If you are interested, please send the following details.

(1) Your full name.
(2) Phone, Fax and Mobile #.
(3) Company name, Position and Contact Address.
(4) Profession, Age and Marital Status

So we can proceed immediately and discuss more on phone as regard the transaction. Reply to or Fax: +44-8719182603

Yours Sincerely

Martin McCourt
Funds Manager of Fidelity Investment

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