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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "await your urgent response" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Brad Hudson <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 16:22:43 -0500
I am Brad Hudson, Recruitment Specialist with Sights On Service Inc.
We have a mystery shopping assignment in your area and we would like you to
Secret Shopper® has been in business since 1990. We are a charter member of the
Mystery Shopping Provider's Association (MSPA), the professional trade
association for the Mystery Shopping industry. There is no charge to apply to be
a Secret Shopper® and information is protected.
Secret Shopper® is accepting applications for qualified individuals to become
mystery shoppers. Its fun and rewarding, and you choose when and where you want
to shop. You are never obligated to accept an assignment. There is no charge to
become a shopper and you do not need previous experience. After you sign up, you
will have access to training materials via e-mail, fax or postal mail.
Secret Shopper® is the premier mystery shopping company serving clients across
America and Canada with over 500,000 shoppers available and ready to help
businesses better serve their customers. Continual investment in the latest
internet and communication technologies coupled with over 16 years of know-how
means working with Secret Shopper® is a satisfying and rewarding experience.
Secret shopping as seen on ABC NEWS, NBC NEWS, L.A.TIMES.
Since 1990, Secret Shopper® has delivered actionable intelligence to our
clients, helping to drive exceptional bottom-line performance. Nearly 1,000
shoppers have registered this week, performing millions of mystery shops
throughout North America and the Caribbean. When coupled with our continual
investment in the latest internet and communication technologies, you can rest
assured that working with Secret Shopper® is a satisfying and rewarding
Secret Shopper® is also a charter member of the industry trade association, the
Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA). Benefit from partnering with
Americas premier mystery shopping company. We have been building our tradition
of excellence for two decades.
Stores and organizations such as The Gap, Walmart, Pizza Hut and Banks. One
amongst many others pay for Secret Shoppers to shop in their establishments and
report their experiences. On top of being paid for shopping you are also allowed
to keep purchases for free.
Secret Shopper® NEVER charge fees to the shopper. Training, tips for
improvement, and shopping opportunities are provided free to registered
Mystery shoppers are either paid a pre-arranged fee for a particular shop, a
reimbursement for a purchase or a combination of both.
Secret Shopper® has available for immediate assignment an inspection of the
customer service of any walmart in your area. You are to shop secretly. This fee
will be paid upfront.
During this shopping, you will visit a location and make several observations as
regards the customer service. You will be required to interact with the shopper
clerk. You may conduct the shop alone or as a couple. The assignment will pay
$350.00 per duty and you can be able to get up to 2- 3 duties in a week
depending on how fast you are able to execute the first assignment. Kindly Fill
Out the application form below and we will get back to you shortly with the
City, State, Zip Code:
Cell Phone Number:
Home Phone Number:
We await your urgent response. Thank you your willingness to work with us. We
look forward to working with you.