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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: "Mark Cole" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 1 Apr 2013 11:48:13 -0400
Subject: Part-time Package Handler Needed.


Part-time Package Handler Needed.

I'm looking for someone who can handle my business & personal errands at his/her spare time.
Someone who can offer me these services such as:Mail,Shop for Gifts,Bill payment,pick items up at nearby post office at your convenience.

* If you interested in the position kindly fill out your personal details required.

* To apply for the job you must be 18 and above,you must have bank account because you will be handling payment while am in oversea.

Let me know if you will be able to offer me any or all of these services Where are you located? I will love to meet up with you to talk about this job but I am currently away on business. I am in South Africa so there will be no interview. I will prepay you in advance to do my shopping. I will also have my mails and packages forwarded to your address. If you will be unable to stay at your house to get my mails, I can have it shipped to a post office near you and then you can pick it up at your convenience.

When you get my mails/packages, you are required to mail them to where I want them mailed to. You don't have to use money out of your pocket. All you have to do is have the package(s) shipped to wherever I want and do my shopping. You are allowed to open the packages to reveal its content.
The content of the packages are Art Materials and Paintings, clothings, business and personal letters. All expenses and taxes will be covered by me. You will work between 15 to 20hrs a month.

The pay is $500 weekly.I own an Art Gallery here in South Africa. My website is

I will be returning to the states in the month of May,so this process will be going on till then.If you don't mind, I will meet up with you when I return and then we can talk about the possibility of making this long term.Well,let me know if you are able to handle the position.

I will provide you my personal UPS account number for Shipping. All you have to do is provide my account number to UPS and shipping charges will be billed to the account and i will provide clear set of instructions for each task I need done as well the funds to cover them.

If I were to mail you money to do my shopping plus upfront payment for your services, where will you want it mailed to? How should your name appear on the payment? Provide me with the following details listed below:

Full Name:
Full Address(No PO Box allowed):
Zip Code:
Home Phone:
Cell Phone:
Age: .
Occupation(If any):
Email address:

Guideline & Benefit as follow

***Weekly pay $500.

***Candidate from USA only.

***Make sure your legal Name & correct address is given for record purpose.

***Instruction on 1st task will be send via email.

***This position is open to individuals 18 years and above and no sign up fee is required.

NB: Got your email through U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

You will be shopping for Electronics and clothing.

Thank you!
Mark Cole.

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