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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr Anthony Bolton" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:26:51 -0800
Subject: Making Request
How are you today?
This is Mr. Anthony Bolton,Past Fund Manager of Fidelity Investment International.
The World Largest Funds Management Company with over 1.2 Trillion Capital Investment Funds Nevertheless, as Fidelity Fund Manager, I handle all our Investor's Direct Capital Funds and secretly extract 1.2% Excess Maximum Return Capital Profit (EMRCP) per annual on each of the Investor's Magellan Capital Funds As an Expert, I have made
over 32.4M British Pounds from the Investor's EMRCP and hereby looking for someone to trust who will stand as an Investor to receive the funds as Annual Investment Proceeds from Fidelity Magellan Capital Funds. All confirm able Documents to back up the claims will be made available to you prior to your Acceptance.
Meanwhile I have worked out the strategies and technicalities whereby the funds can be claimed in any of our 6 clearing Houses without any hitch.
Our sharing ratio is 60:40.You can also send your direct telephone numbers for discussion of this offer in further details. In case you are interested, Please email me your Direct Telephone Number for discussion of the transaction in further details.
MR ANTHONY BOLTON
Address: Oakhill House
130 tonbridge Rd
Kent TN11 9DZ
Web Site: www.fidelity.co.uk