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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: "Mr. Martin McCourt" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2012 16:43:21 -0000
Subject: Business Co-operation


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 Managerof Fidelity Investment UK

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