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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: David Mckay <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 01:37:08 -0700


Dear Friend,

I am David McKay, The Personal Financial Services and Business
Financial Service businesses, as well as RBC's Canadian sales and
branch distribution. The World Largest Fund Management Company with
over $1.2 Trillion Capital Investment Fund. Nevertheless, as the RBC
Financial Services Officer, I handle all our Investor's Direct Capital
Funds and
extracted 1.2% Excess Maximum Return Capital Profit (EMRCP)per annual
on each of the Investor's Marginal Capital Fund.

As an expert, I have made over $10,500,000.00 Million from the
Investor's EMRCP. Every end of year, each corporate investor is
expected to receive interest from his/her total Investment Capital
Funds. However, I made an excess of 1.2% from the Investor's
Investment Capital Funds annually which have exceeded our targeted 20%
of Total Investment Capital Funds. This extra of 1.2% from the 21.2%
is been retained by me as my personal profits
for managing the Capital Investment.

I cannot claim these funds without presenting someone to stand as an
Investor otherwise our establishment will convert the funds into the
company's treasury. This is why I have come to you for the deal to
take place.

Meanwhile, I have worked out the modalities and technicalities whereby
the funds can be claimed in any of our 6 Clearing Houses without any
hitches. Our sharing ratio will be 60%:40%. If you are interested, you
should send your direct phone number so we could discuss more on phone
as regard the transaction.

N.B: All correspondence must be on this
box( is a serious transaction and I need
a trust worthy partner, you could view my information about me with
the link below


David Mckay

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