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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: Peter Clark <>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 21:13:31 +0100
Subject: Great mystery shopping in your area!!!!

Hello Ma/Sir,
My name is Peter Clark, a representative of About Face Concepts Inc.,this is an
awareness to let the public know that we have a vacancy position of a mystery
shopper in our company.
There is no charge to become a shopper,there are many secret shopping companies
out there that ask you to pay "a small fee" to become a shopper. Don't do it!
At About Face, you will never pay to shop! We pay you!
The assignment will pay $200 on every assignment,on a part time basis, you only
work 2-3hours twice in a week.
Kindly send your details in the format below and email the requested information
and we will get back to you with the assignment details.This vacancy is open to
American,Australian,German and Canadian citizens.

Full Legal Name,
Zip code
Home and Cell #


Peter Clark
About Face Concepts Inc

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