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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: "Fidelty Administration" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2013 15:25:04 -0000
Subject: Fidelity Investment Notification;

Fidelity Worldwide Investment
Route de Ngor
Zone 12, Quartier des Almadies,
BP 50540 - CP 18523
RP Dakar, Senegal

The Fidelity Worldwide Investment is contacting you for an issue that requires your urgent attention.
Please write us back for more detail about this message.
Thank you very much.

Fidelity Investment
+221 77-571-1496

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