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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "BARRY SMITH" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2010 05:32:51 -0500
Subject: Great Mystery Shopper
JOB VACANCY ( MYSTERY SHOPPER)
We are a company that conduct surveys and evaluate other companies. We get hired to go to other peoples companies and act like customers in order to know how
the staffs are handling their services in relation to their customers. once we have a contract to do so, you would be directed to the company or outlet,and you would
be given the funds you need to do the job (either purchase
things or require services), after which you would write a comment on the staffs activities and give a detailed record of your experience
Examples of details you would forward to us are
1) How long it took you to get services.
2) Smartness of the attendant
3)Customer service professionalism
4)Sometimes you might be required to upset the attendant, to see how they react to clients when they get tensed.
And we turn the information over to the company executives and they would carry out their own duties in improving there services.
Most companies employ our assistance when people give complains about their services, or when they feel there are needs for them to improve their
customer service. your Identity would be kept confidential as the job states (secret shopper) you would be paid $200 for every duty you carry out, and
bonus on your transportation allowance, and funds would be given to you if you have to dine as part of the duty
Your job will be to evaluate and comment on customer service in a wide variety of shops, stores, restaurant and services in your area.
No commitment is made on this job, and you would have flexible hours as it suits you. If you are interested do send in these information:
CONTACT ADDRESS:(NO P O BOX):
So we can look at your distance from the locations which you have to put your service into, and your address would also be need for your payments.
Client Care Dept