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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:

Date: Sat, 02 Jul 2016 07:39:26 -0700


My name is Mr. Stephen Tshabalala, a financial consultant attached to fidel=
ity investments international, a fund management company with over US$2,000=
,000,000.00 (Two Billion United States Dollars) capital investment fund. I =
handle all our investor's direct capital funds and extracts 1.2% Excess Max=
imum Return Capital Profit (EMRCP) per annum on each of the Investor's Marg=
inal Capital Fund.

As an expert in this profession, I have funds amounting to US$25,000,000.00=
(Twenty-Five Million United States Dollars) from the Investor's EMRCP whic=
h I want you to stand as an Investor to receive the funds as Annual Investm=
ent Proceeds from Fidelity Marginal Capital Fund for our own partnership bu=
siness investment in your country.

All confirmable documents to support this Investment Fund will be made avai=
lable to you. Meanwhile, I have worked out the modalities and technicalitie=
s so that the funds can be claimed in any of our six clearing houses withou=
t any hitches. All I require is your honest co-operation. I guarantee that =
this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement and no government invo=
lvement at all.

Please email your response and brief introduction of yourself to the below =
email address:
Mr. Stephen


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