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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: "Michael Smith" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 17 Feb 2010 12:48:58 +0100
Subject: Personal Assistant Needed

Good Day,

I am Mr.Michael Smith,i run a furniture showroom and stores,Our family of furniture companies includes more than 125 stores, which gives us unparalleled buying power,We design,manufacture, sell and deliver our own furniture and pass the savings on directly to you.

I need personal assistant to work with directly your functions are:Bill payments,Printing of letters,Faxing of Documents,Scanning,Laminating,Cash Management,Assist with bank activities,Placing/Processing Orders,Ordering shipping document from ups and FedEx.,Account payable,Posting job Advert on Internet and new paper,helping out with just about everything.

-Ability to work on multiple tasks in parallel
-Must be friendly, professional & helpful attitude
-Start-up experience a plus
-Sincere,trustworthy & Honest
-Attention to detail and accuracy
-Good problem solving capabilities

Compensation: $500 weekly-$1000 bi-weekly

NOTE:This position is home-based office work you will be performing all the administrative functions from your home.(ONLY SERIOUS CANDIDATE IS NEEDED TO FOLLOW WORKING INSTRUCTION)

Am hard working and successful business woman,i own other small businesses apart from furniture,presently am on business trip in cayman island for business contract in T & D Exterior Wall System base located cayman,I will be here for few days we can only communicate via email for now because i do not have a cell phone over here to reach me i hope you understand my situation,i want you to start working for me and I do have a number of things you could help me with this week if you will be available to start,This can act as a stable foundation to our working relationship.

I want to know if you own any of this office equipment list to start this position.

Laser/In-jet Printer:
Personal Laptop/Desktop:
Internet Access:
Fax machine:
Paper Cutter:

If you would like to be considered for this position please fill this application complete.

Value City Furniture Application Form

First Name :
Last Name:
Full Street Address(not PO Box) :
City, State, Zip Code:
Cell Phone Number:
Home Phone Number:
Instant Yahoo Messenger ID:
Current Job:
Company if any:

Note:sign up for new id if you do not have one to complete your application before you apply

Nationality ___________________________

Are you eligible to work in the United States?Yes ____ No_____

If you are under age 18, do you have an employment/age certificate?Yes ___ No ___


Position Applied For_________________

How often do you check your email:______________

Specify the hours that you will be available if my schedule doesn't work with the hours i

Days/Hours Available:

Monday ____
Tuesday ____
Wednesday ____
Thursday ____
Friday ____
Saturday ____
Sunday ____

Hours Available: from _______ to ______

What date are you available to start work?________________

Michael Smith.

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