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Did you receive an email from "Tom Ewing" at "Fidelity Investment International" who says:
"As an expert,I have made over £45, 745,000, 00 from the Investor's EMRCP and hereby looking for someone to trust who will stand as an Investor to receive the fund as Annual Investment Proceeds from Fidelity Marginal Capital Fund."?
It starts out sounding like a legitimate business transaction, but as the victim corresponds with the scammer, it starts to become strange. You notice that this "Funds manager" is writing you from a free email account (Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL, etc.) not an email account at the company (Fidelity Investment International) domain.
Perhaps, you notice his punctuation, spelling, grammar and just the way he phrases things seems, well, odd. Almost as if, he is not a native English speaker, or is not very well educated.
Tom Ewing wants you to either deposit a check or send him the "investment money" via Western Union.
In reality, it is all a scam. "Tom Ewing" is not the name of the person who sent you the email. It is the real name of a real employee at a real company by the name Fidelity Investment International, but that person did not send the email to you. The scammer hopes to con you into sending money for various "fees" to free the fortune. If you would like a step by step explanation of how this type of "Advance Fee Fraud" works, click here!
Notice some of the other obvious signs that this is a scam are poor spelling , use of free Yahoo/Hotmail/etc email accounts, proposals that make no sense, etc.:
From: "Tom" < email@example.com >
To: < Tom_ewing2@yahoo.co.uk >
Subject: READ & COMPLY
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2008 11:06 AM
Fidelity Investments International Oakhill house.
I am Mr.Tom Ewing
The Fund Manager of Fidelity Investment International.The World Largest Fund Management Company with over £1.2Trillion Capital Investment Fund.
Neverthless, 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 over £45, 745,000, 00 from the Investor's EMRCP and hereby 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 back up the claims will be made available to you prior to your acceptance.Meanwhile,I have worked out the modalities and technincalities whereby the funds can be claimed in any of our 6 Clearing Houses without anyhitches.Our sharing ratio will be 50-50. If you are interested,you should send your direct phone number so we could discuss more on phone as regard the transaction, N:B; Do not contact my office number or email, all correspondence must be on this private box.